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Discriminatory abuse

Discriminatory abuse is the unequal treatment of an individual based on age, disability, gender and gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Discriminatory abuse can include suffering insulting language, harassment or ill-treatment due to these personal characteristics.

Hate crime

Hate crimes are any criminal acts that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards a person’s disability, race and ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Acts can include physical attacks, verbal abuse, harassment, damage to property, or bullying.

Devon and Cornwall Police have useful information about recognising the signs of hate crime.

Getting help

Stop Hate UK

Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties.

0800 138 1625

Victim Support

Help people cope with the effects of crime whether the crime is reported or not. Also give information on local victim support groups.

0808 168 9111

Action on Elder Abuse

Action on Elder Abuse is a specialist charity who work to protect older people from all forms of abuse and neglect. They support those experiencing (or at risk of) abuse, as well as raising awareness and advocating for effective prevention.

080 8808 8141