Hate Crime

Hate Crime

A 'hate crime' is a criminal incident against a person or property, which is perceived by the victim or another person to be motivated by the offender’s hostility or prejudice of the person’s:

  • Race Religion and belief
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender or gender identity (i.e. transgender)
  • Nationality
  • Age

A 'hate incident' is any non-criminal incident where the perpetrator's prejudice against any identifiable group of people is a factor in determining who is victimised.

All hate crimes are hate incidents, but not all hate incidents will involve a criminal offence, so are therefore not recorded as a hate crime.

Hate crime can take many forms, and may include physical, verbal, or psychological abuse. Examples include:

  • Physical attack i.e. assault
  • Written or verbal insults e.g. abusive phone calls,
  • offensive letters
  • Vandalism
  • Graffiti
  • Threatening behaviour

Anybody can be a victim of hate crime. It hurts because it’s personal, and nobody should have to suffer for the ignorance of others.

Police officers understand the anger and frustration you may feel, and aim to support you in a way that is sensitive and best suited to your individual, cultural and local needs. There is a dedicated Hate Crime Officer based in each division of the force area.

If you believe that you or someone you know is a victim of hate crime, police want to know. Discriminatory behaviour is totally unacceptable, and officers want to prevent you or somebody else having to experience it again.

No information provided is disclosed to a third party without prior consent - anything you say will remain strictly confidential.

We appreciate that you may feel uncertain about reporting an incident for personal reasons, but just telling somebody can still make a positive difference.

Safer Wales provide an anonymous online reporting form, and with your permission, they will pass the details of the incident on to us. This way, we can be aware of what’s happening in our communities, and work to prevent repeat incidents.


To report information to South Wales Police, call 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.