What is hate crime?

All Manchester Metropolitan staff and students have the right to feel safe and to be free from any form of discrimination or hate crime. But what do we mean by hate crime? Hate crime is any criminal act that is targeted at a person, or a person’s property because of hostility or prejudice in relation to:

  • Disability
  • Race or ethnicity - this can include colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transgender identity
  • Alternative sub-culture hate crime
Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms and may not necessarily be physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you could be considered a hate crime.
You don't have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted - a hate crime can occur if someone makes an assumption about your identity.

What is a hate incident? 

Some examples of hate incidents include:

  • Verbal abuse like name-calling and offensive jokes
  • Harassment
  • Bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers
  • Physical attacks such as hitting, punching, pushing, spitting
  • Threats of violence
  • Hoax calls, abusive phone or text messages, hate mail
  • Online abuse, for example on Facebook or Twitter
  • Displaying or circulating discriminatory literature or posters
  • Harm or damage to things such as your home, pet, or vehicle
  • Graffiti
  • Arson
  • Throwing rubbish into a garden
  • Malicious complaints, for example over parking, smells or noise

There are two ways you can tell us what happened