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Hate Crime

Citizens Advice Medway Animated Wheelchair Hate Crime.gifCitizens Advice Medway is also a hate crime reporting centre. We work to raise awareness of hate crimes and hate incidents on a local and national level and offer support to victims with practical advice and emotional support. 

What is a Hate Incident?

A hate incident is an incident where someone sees someone else treated with prejudice in a manner but is not a criminal offence. This discrimination can take the form of: 

  • their race, 
  • their religion, 
  • their sexual orientation, 
  • their disability, 
  • and, or their gender identity.

What is a Hate Crime?

A hate crime is an illegal act that is motivated by hostility, or prejudice, and is directed towards someone based on their perceived or actual: 

  • disability (including mental health or learning difficulty), 
  • race, colour or nationality, 
  • religion or belief, 
  • sexual orientation, 
  • and, or their gender identity. 

Hate crimes and hate incidents are on the rise but there is significant under-reporting and many victims suffer in silence for a long time.

Citizens Advice Medway provides support to these victims so they can begin to recover and ensure their experiences are reported appropriately, and in a confidential manner. Our practical support ranges from assisting with resolving neighbour disputes to helping to take legal action against perpetrators.

Report it, stop it!

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident, contact Citizens Advice Medway at 01634 383 760 from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

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