Hate crime matters

Combating hate crime matters to the CPS and we're working to increase awareness and understanding of these serious offences. We ran a social media campaign called #HateCrimeMatters to help people understand what hate crime is, and what can be done about it.

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.

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Learn more about Hate Crime

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Videos

As part of the CPS #HateCrimeMatters campaign, we ran a daily poll on Twitter, asking questions about how hate crime is dealt with in the criminal justice system. Partner organisations who work with victims of hate crime provide the answers to the questions in these short videos:

  • Ruth Hunt, the Chief Executive of Stonewall explains the special measures that can help victims of hate crime
  • Fiyaz Mughal, founder of TellMAMA, explains who can report a hate crime
  • Disability campaigner Simon Green explains that criminals convicted of a hate crime may receive an increased sentence
  • Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, the National Police Chief’s Council lead on hate crime, explains the different categories of hate crime
  • Grace Moronfolu from the CPS explains our role on combating hate crime

Ruth Hunt

Fiyaz Mughal

Simon Green

Mark Hamilton

Grace Moronfolu

Further reading