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Hate Crime

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation:

  • race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • religion
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • age

Find out more about how we prosecute hate crime

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We want to hear your views about our prosecution policy and so we conduct consultations to help inform our policy making.

Find out about current consultations and read the results of past consultations

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Disability Hate Crime Policy published


The Crown Prosecution Service has published a public policy statement to explain how it will prosecute cases of disability hate crime. The CPS has developed this Disability Hate Crime Policy in consultation with a number of disability organisations.

Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald QC, speaking at the launch of the Disability Hate Crime Policy said, "This policy makes clear our commitment to dealing with this serious and sensitive type of offending. Like all of us, disabled people have the right to live free from crime, or the fear of crime and if a crime is committed against a disabled person, then that person has a right to equal access to justice."

The Public Policy Statement is available in easyread, large print, Braille and on audiotape. The Policy Statement is accompanied by legal guidance for prosecutors.