Victims of hate crime are often targeted because of who they are or who the perpetrator thinks they are. Hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.The targeting can take the form of verbal abuse, assault, criminal damage and other behaviour designed to alarm or distress. Hate crime can lead to the following:-
- Physical impact
- Feeling isolated or alone
- Feeling vulnerable or angry
- Fear of reporting the crime
- Avoiding certain locations
- Frustration that you are not being taken seriously
The Victim Care and Advice Service will provide you with professional, personalised and independent support to help you cope and recover from the effects of a crime. A Victim Care Officer will meet with you and discuss your concerns or any questions that you might have. We will then work together to address those concerns, answer those questions and reduce the impact of the crime.