Hate crime, England and Wales, 2014/15

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Corcoran, Hannah; Lader, Deborah; Smith, Kevin
Home Office
Date of publication
13 October 2015
Statistical Bulletin 05/15
Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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This publication provides information on the number of hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in 2014/15 and the number of hate crimes reported by respondents to the combined 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 Crime Surveys for England and Wales (CSEW). Hate crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic.’

In 2014/15, there were 52,528 hate crimes recorded by the police, an increase of 18 per cent compared with the 44,471 hate crimes recorded in 2013/14, of which:

  • 42,930 (82%) were race hate crimes.
  • 5,597 (11%) were sexual orientation hate crimes.
  • 3,254 (6%) were religion hate crimes.
  • 2,508 (5%) were disability hate crimes.
  • 605 (1%) were transgender hate crimes.

It is possible for one hate crime offence to have more than one motivating factor which is why the above numbers sum to more than 52,528 and 100 per cent.

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