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 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.