Hate crimes, England and Wales, 2013/14

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Creese, Byron; Lader, Deborah
Publisher
Home Office
Date of publication
16 October 2014
Series
Home Office statistical bulletin; 02/14
Subject(s)
Criminal Justice Services, Minority Groups
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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In 2013/14, there were 44,480 hate crimes recorded by the police, an increase of five per cent compared with 2012/13, of which: 37,484 (84%) were race hate crimes; 4,622 (10%) were sexual orientation hate crimes;2,273 (5%) were religion hate crimes; 1,985 (4%) were disability hate crimes; and 555 (1%) were transgender hate crimes. There were increases in all five of the monitored hate crime strands (race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity) between 2012/13 and 2013/14. Much of the increase in race and religious hate crime is likely to be due to a rise in offences in the months immediately following the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013. Additionally, the police may have improved their recording of crime and the identification of motivating factors in an offence over the last year. It is less clear whether the increase in sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity hate crime reflects a real rise in hate crime or improved police identification of these offences. The increase across all three strands may suggest improved identification is a factor.

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