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CPS Hate Crime Matters campaign

Hate Crime - what it is

Combatting hate crime matters to the CPS and we're working to increase awareness and understanding of these serious offences.

We recognise that hate crime impacts not only the individual victim but also the wider community - but many victims and witnesses can find it difficult to report or even speak up about it. We're here to prosecute these offences and give victims a voice.

Anyone can be the victim of a hate crime. If you're targeted by someone who commits a hate crime, the CPS, along with our partners in the criminal justice system, will take action.

In 2016/17, 83% of hate crimes cases we prosecuted led to a conviction or guilty plea. Because of the serious nature of these offences, the CPS can apply to the courts for a 'sentence uplift' which is an increased punishment for the crime. Last year, more than half of our requests led to offenders having their sentence increased because it was motivated by hate.

Why it matters to report and prosecute hate crime

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Twitter poll

Special thanks to Tell Mama, Stonewall, the NPCC, disability campaigner Simon Green and the CPS' Grace Moronfolu for being involved in our Twitter polls.

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Why it matters to report and prosecute hate crime