What is hate crime?

Hate crime is when someone does something to hurt someone because of who they are - such as because of their race, sexuality or disability. If someone is mean to you because of your learning disability, tell someone you trust and report it to the police.

Download an easy read guide on hate crime and how to report it (pdf format)

Information on what to do if you are experiencing mate crime or hate crime can be found on the Mencap website.

Kelly is harassed daily. Police tell her to "just ignore it". Would you?


What is mate crime?

Mate crime is when someone says they are your friend, but they do things that take advantage of you, like ask you for money a lot. A real friend does not need to be bought, and someone who takes your money, asks you to pay for lots of things, or makes you feel uncomfortable is not a true friend.

If someone who says they are your friend hurts you, steals from you or makes you do something you don’t want to do, you should tell someone you trust right away.