Hate Crime and Hate incidents have a huge impact on individuals and families who are victims, so much so that people change the way they live their lives or in more tragic situations take their lives.

Hate crime can also have a devastating affect on whole communities and prevention work and awareness raising has the potential to improve community cohesion in Lincolnshire. The aim of this project and the strategy was to develop a consistent approach to providing services for victims of Hate Crime, consistent training, increased reporting and recording of hate incidents and hate crimes in Lincolnshire. “Hate crime” is any criminal offence where anyone believes the victim has been targeted because of their race/ethnicity, religion/belief, gender/gender identity, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other actual or perceived differences. “Hate incident” are incidents that do not constitute a criminal offence but cause harrassment, distress or alarm where anyone believes the victim has been targeted because of their race/ethnicity, religion/belief, gender/gender identity, disability, age, sexual orientation or any actual or perceived differences.