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Hate Crime

What is Hate Crime?

Hate crime is any crime motivated by prejudice against someone because of their actual or perceived:

  • race, nationality, skin colour or ethnicity
  • sexual orientation (refers to the gender or genders a person is attracted to)
  • disability (including physical disability, learning disability, mental health difficulty and sensory impairment)
  • religion (including sectarianism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of religious prejudice)
  • transgender identity (refers to a person's gender identity, or expression, that differs from gender assumptions made about them at the time of their birth)

While we recognise that Glasgow is a welcoming city and that the decency and tolerance of the overwhelming majority of citizens will ensure that this continues to be the case, we also recognise that some residents experience harassment and abuse motivated by prejudice.

Along with our partners, we work to increase awareness of hate crime, prevent hate crime from happening, encourage reporting when it does happen and, ultimately, put a stop to it.

We take a zero tolerance approach to Hate Crime and are committed to ensuring that all of Glasgow's residents are equally able to live, work and study without fear of being targeted due to an aspect of their identity.

Our dedicated Hate Crime website provides more information on what kind of crimes are hate crimes and what you can do about it.

If you experience or witness an incident that you perceive to be motivated by prejudice, we strongly encourage you to report it to the police. No matter how trivial or unimportant you may think it is, the police will take your complaint seriously and will record and investigate incidents when you choose to report.

You can report a non-emergency incident to the police by calling 101, through an online hate crime reporting form or through a Third party reporting site.

When reporting through the online form or a Third Party Reporting Site, you can give as little or as much information about yourself as you want to, so reports can be submitted anonymously if you prefer.

You can find out what Police Scotland have to say about hate crime by visiting the Police Scotland website

Remember - Always contact 999 in an emergency

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