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Discrimination means you have been treated unfairly because of who you are. This may be because of your age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, disability, relationship status or the community you're from. There are different types of discrimination: Direct discrimination is when you're treated unfairly and differently because of who you are. Indirect discrimination is when you're treated in the same way as everybody else, but by being treated the same it has a worse effect on you because of who you are.
A hate crime is an offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a prejudice or hostility against a particular characteristic of a person.
Leicestershire Police recognises hate crime in these 7 categories: race or perceived race (including nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, race and colour)
Religion, faith or perceived religion or faith
Sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation
Disability or perceived disability – including physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental illness
Transgender or perceived transgender
Alternative subcultures or perceived alternative subcultures – including alternative lifestyles, culture, physical appearance, and style of dress
Other – including older people, sex workers, gender and armed forces
If you have been a victim of hate crime, you may experience emotional distress.
If you have been a victim of a hate crime, contact the police. In an emergency call 999, in a non-emergency call 101.
Support helplines include: