Hate incidents, like hate crimes, are motivated by hostility or prejudice against a protected characteristic. In Scotland, hate incidents apply to the following five protected characteristics:  
  • race 
  • religion 
  • sexual orientation 
  • transgender identity 
  • disability
A hate incident is a non-criminal action. Examples of hate incidents include: 
  • verbal abuse 
  • jokes 
  • harassment  
  • social media bullying 
  • offensive graffiti
  • bullying or intimidation 
  • physical attacks such as hitting, punching, pushing, spitting 
  • threats of violence 
  • malicious complaints, for example over parking, smells or noise 

A hate crime is a criminal offense that is extended beyond harassment. Examples of hate crimes include: 
  • assault 
  • breach of the peace 
  • physical assualt
  • sexual assault 
  • burglary 
  • theft



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