Hate crime is when someone targets you because of your:

  • Race
  • Religion/faith
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Transgender/gender identity.

You can be a victim of a hate crime, even if the perpetrator makes a wrong assumption about your identity. For example, if someone assaults you because they think you are Muslim, when actually you are atheist. Their motivation is the key factor when deciding if something is a hate crime.

Victims may be subjected to physical assaults or suffer damage to their property. They may also experience the threat of an attack or verbal abuse.

Hate crime can happen anywhere – at school, at the football, in the street or even at home.

If you know who is committing hate crime – click here – to tell us what you know 100% anonymously

Just one example of the excellent resources available from our Scottish equality expert partners


I Am Me Scotland 

Exploring the impact of disability hate crime through Charlie’s story

For more information on positive bystander approaches to hate crime, including Facilitator Guidance click here.

If you are a victim of hate crime you can report it to the police on 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency. You can also seek advice from a Third-Party Reporting Centre here.

If you’re on a train you can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Text 61016.

If you would like to find out more information on the work equality organisations are delivering across Scotland, please check out our friends:

Changing Faces 

Action on Prejudice   

Anne Frank Trust 

Nil by Mouth 

Show Racism the Red Card 

LGBT Youth  

I Am Me Scotland 

Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

Interfaith Scotland 

Victim Support Scotland