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  • Understanding the nature of hate crime

    Created: 23/02/2021

    A new report into the extent of hate crimes committed in Scotland has highlighted almost two-thirds of all race-related hate offences had a visible minority ethnic (non-white) victim, a group that makes up around 4% of the population.

    The detailed study looking at the characteristics of victims and perpetrators of reported hate crime incidents in 2018-19 also found that:

    • around a third of crimes involved a victim who experienced the incident at work;
    • almost two-thirds of hate crime victims and three-quarters of perpetrators were male;
    • in the majority (94%) of sexual-orientation aggravated hate crimes the perpetrator showed prejudice towards the gay and lesbian community;
    • in around two-fifths of religion aggravated hate crimes the perpetrator showed prejudice towards the Catholic community;
    • in a quarter of such crimes prejudice was shown towards the Muslim community and in one in ten cases it was towards the Protestant community;
    • there were 1,080 recorded hate crimes in 2018-19 with a police officer victim; and
    • hate crimes with an aggravation for transgender identity have doubled over the past six years from 48 to 96.

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