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Hate crime

Disclaimer:

The below details are correct at time of publishing, and are provided as guidance only. Seek legal advice from your solicitor where necessary.

Garda National Diversity & Integration Unit

What is hate crime?  

Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to, in whole or in part, be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on actual or perceived age, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

Hate Incidents – (Non Crime)

Any non-crime incident which is perceived by any person to, in whole or in part, be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on actual or perceived age, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

Explanatory Notes
  • A person, community or institution may be a victim of hate crime by virtue of perceived or actual association with a particular group or background.
  • `Motivation` is presumed by a demonstration or expression of hostility or prejudice.
  • Ethnicity includes ‘Traveller’ and ‘Roma’.
  • Religion includes ‘non-believers’.
  • `Gender` includes gender identity, transgender, intersex, gender expression and gender exploration.
  • An `incident` is an occurrence reported to An Garda Síochána.

Examples of hate crime?  

Verbal abuse, obscene/offensive calls, text, mail or emails, assault, harassment, criminal damage, arson, manslaughter, murder

Always report any incident you perceive as motivated by hate to An Garda Síochána.   

In an emergency you must call 999.

You will be attended to by a Garda who will record your statement.

He/She will commence an investigation, by gathering evidence – taking statements from victim(s) and witnesses, and apprehending the accused.

There are two hundred Ethnic Liaison Gardaí appointed, who are trained to deal with such type of crime and will assist you in the course of the investigation, if you so wish.  You can request the services of your local appointed Garda Ethnic Liaison Officer(s) at any stage of the investigation - (Please refer to Garda Website for their contact details).

Should you not wish to attend your local Garda station, you can seek the services of the Garda National Diversity & Integration Unit (Phone: 01 6663150 or email: diversity@garda.ie), who will deal with the report in a most sensitised manner.

You will be kept informed of developments throughout the investigation.

You will be offered a choice to be referred to victim support. 

Should you require further information about hate crime, please contact the staff at the Garda National Diversity & Integration Unit (01 6663150 or diversity@garda.ie) – who will deal with any query on this.