We value the diverse communities which make our District a unique and vibrant place to live, work and visit. However, we know that diverse communities can face discrimination, harassment and hate. Such behaviour is classed as Hate Crimes or Incidents. There is no place in Maldon for this form of prejudice and the Council and its partners in the Maldon District Community Safety Partnership will do all it can to tackle this.
‘Hate Crime’ is the generic term used to discuss both Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents.
Hate Crimes are any crimes perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice.
Hate Incidents feel like crimes and often escalate to crimes or tensions in a community.
Both are committed because of a person’s actual or perceived:
- Race: including ethnicity, nationality or national origin, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
- Religion or belief: including no faith.
- Sexual Orientation: including Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual.
- Gender Identity: including transgender, non-binary and gender fluid.
- Disability: including learning, mental health, physical or sensory disability.
Hate crimes can be, but are not limited to:
- a physical attack like hitting and assault
- verbal abuse or insults including name calling or offensive jokes
- offensive graffiti
- spitting, insulting gestures
- neighbourhood disputes
- threats, harassment or intimidation
- unfounded malicious complaints
- people doing things that frighten, intimidate or distress you
- offensive letters, posters, emails, texts, phone calls, social media messages, photographs and videos
- damage to property or belongings, arson and vandalism
- dumping rubbish outside homes or through letter boxes
- bullying at work, at school or college or university
- befriending vulnerable people to take advantage of, exploit and or abuse them – often referred to as ‘mate crime’.