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Report It and Stop the Cycle

No Hate Crime should go unreported, at Bedfordshire’s CommUNITY Mediation Service we aim to support victims of Hate Crime though the process of reporting and by offering a meditation service to reduce the impact of the traumatic experience.

What is Hate Crime

Hate Crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic. The five monitored strands of hate crime are listed below,

  • Disability, A person’s disability or perceived disability, or any disability including physical disability, learning disability and mental health or developmental disorders.
  • Race, A person’s race or perceived race, or any racial group or ethnic background including countries within the UK and Gypsy and Traveller groups; this includes asylum seekers and migrants.
  • Religion/Faith, A person’s religion or perceived religion, or any religious group including those who have no faith.
  • Sexual Orientation, A person’s sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, or any person’s sexual orientation.
  • Transgender Identity, A person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender, including people who are transsexual, transgender, cross dressers and those who hold a Gender Recognition Certificate under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.
What is Hate Incident

A Hate Incident is defined as an incident which is not classed as a criminal offence. This incident is perceived by the individual or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate. Some examples of the things that may be considered a hate incident are listed below

  • A member of the gypsy travelling community being refused a job interview due to their accent.
  • Refusing to be served food in a restaurant by a transgender waitress
  • Being asked to remove a turban to enter a shop.
  • A wheelchair user is refused entry to a restaurant


Hate Crime could affect anyone at any point of their lives. You do not have identify to one of the five groups to be a victim of Hate crime. For example a perpetrator could believe you are identifying with one of the five groups and committee a Hate Crime against you as they believe you are in that group.

Some of this information has been sourced from GOV.UK, please see link below to access Hate crime, England and Wales, 2021 to 2022 – GOV.UK ( (accessed 28,03,2022)