Hate crime is a criminal incident that is committed against a person or property that is motivated by the victim’s ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, political opinion or disability.
Victims of hate crime are impacted by a wide range of crimes including physical assault, sexual assault, criminal damage and harassment. Hate crimes can be uniquely upsetting due to the hostility and prejudices that underpin them.
If the crime has been reported to the Gardaí, there are specially trained Diversity Officers who can assist you through the process.
You can also find a list of diversity officers here.
If you are the victim of a racist hate crime you can also report what happened on iReport.ie. This website is separate from the Gardaí and is a tool for tracking racist incidents in Ireland. Many victims find it helpful to know that the full extent of what happened to them is recorded somewhere.
For more information on supports that are available, or if you would like to discuss your experiences as a victim of hate crime, you can contact the Crime Victims Helpline for free at 116 006.
The Crime Victims Helpline is a listening and support service for victims of crime in Ireland. We provide time and space for victims to talk about their experiences. We also answer questions about the criminal justice system and help victims understand their rights.
If you or a friend or family member has been impacted by crime, there are a number of organisation in Ireland who can help.