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What does a religious or faith based hate incident look like?

A religious or faith based hate incident is any incident where you or someone else has been targeted because of your or their membership or presumed membership of a religious or faith based group.

This also includes those people who do not follow a recognised religion or faith.

No two hate incidents are the same but they may include the following:

• Verbal abuse and name-calling
• Physical attack
• Graffiti or other deliberate damage to property
• Written or recorded threats
• Cyber Bullying

If you see someone getting hassled, and you think it is because of their religion or belief, you can report it as an incident, even if the victim has not done so.

If you see someone getting hassled, and you think it is because of their religion or belief, you can report it as an incident, even if the victim has not done so.

In October 2014, the Home Office produced Hate Crimes, England and Wales, 2013/14. There were 2,273 faith based hate crimes recorded by the Police in England and Wales which is a 45% increase on the 2012/13 figures

There is still some confusion about whether some incidents are motivated by race or religion or both. This should not stop you reporting an incident.

These incidents don't just affect the lives of those involved but affect their friends, their families, and every part of the local community.

If hate incidents are not reported, the bullies, bigots and thugs will feel their behaviour is totally acceptable and that they can continue to abuse people whenever they feel like it.

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