What is a crime/incident motivated by hate?

What is crime motivated by hate?

Any criminal offence committed against a person or property which is motivated by an individual's hate, prejudice or bias against an identifiable group based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or any other similar factor.

All crime motivated by hate should be reported to the police.

  • Assault

  • Distribution of hate propaganda

  • Uttering threats (in-person or online)

  • Property damage crimes (destruction of religious property, graffiti or vandalism motivated by hate)

What are incidents motivated by hate?

Hate incidents are actions or occurrences that are non-criminal in nature but are still motivated by hate and evoke similar effects on the community.

Hate incidents often go undocumented and unreported. If you experience a hate incident, report it to your local law enforcement and document it on StopHateAB.ca.

  • Bullying motivated by hate, bias or prejudice

  • Saying racial or homophobic slurs or name-calling

  • Distribution of prejudicial materials promotion hate (hate flyers)

  • Racist or offensive emails, jokes or other prejudicial actions

What are crimes motivated by hate different from other crimes?

  • Hate crimes are "message crimes" designed to instill fear and terror in an entire community

  • only 1 in 10 hate crimes are ever reported to law enforcement officials

  • Hate crimes enhance feelings of victimization, vulnerability and fear

  • May promote community reactive crime (such as vigilantism)

  • Can lead to copycat incidents

  • Hate crimes can polarize communities and prevent them from supporting each other

  • May enhance loss of trust and/or fear in law enforcement

  • Heighten security concerns at schools, home or places or worshop

Alberta Hate Crimes Committee initiatives are made possible by the support of:

  • Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

  • Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund

  • Calgary Police Service

  • John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

  • Coalitions Creating Equity

  • REACH Edmonton