Prejudice Motivated Crime
Release date: Fri 8 July 2011
Last updated: Thu 21 February 2013
Victoria Police has strengthened its commitment to reducing prejudice motivated crime in Victoria by introducing a Prejudice Motivated Crime Strategy.
What is a prejudice motivated crime?
A prejudice motivated crime is a crime motivated by prejudice or hatred towards a person or a group because of a particular characteristic such as sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, race, sex, age, disability or homelessness.
Many crimes can be motivated by prejudice, including harassment, threats, verbal abuse, destroying or damaging property, and in more serious cases, physical violence.
An example of a prejudice motivated crime:
A vehicle parked overnight in the front yard of a property was spray painted with the words, 'kill all blacks'.
In this case, the damage to the property was motivated by prejudice against the owner of the vehicle, because of his/her race. This prejudice motivated crime not only affects the direct victim of the crime, but all people that identify with the victim's race.
Reporting prejudice motivated crime
We know that for a range of reasons, many people do not report prejudice motivated crimes to police. This makes it difficult for police to investigate the crimes and to prevent them from recurring.
If you require additional support to report to police, you can contact one of our many community liaison officers. Please select from the links below.
To speak to a Youth Resource Officer in your area, please contact the Youth Advisory Unit on (03) 9247 5300
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has launched an anti-hate campaign, inviting the public to share their experiences of discrimination.
Serious racial and religious vilification offences are legislated under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, click here for further information.
For further information on prejudice motivated crime contact:
Corporate Strategy and Governance Department
The Victims Support Agency
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC)
The Australian Human Rights Commission