These statistics include victim characteristics, the type of incident and the corresponding community response as well as data on ongoing and completed hate crimes cases. The monthly overview features information on actions taken by ‘local coalitions against hate’ and prevention strategies developed by local authorities.
Each month, the report also highlights one response or prevention effort, to raise awareness and promote good practices in combating hate. The Hate Monitor provides data to support evidence-based policy making by local authorities and public officials.
- A hate incident refers to an act that is committed with a bias motivation, but may not reach the threshold of a hate crime.
- A hate crime has two defining elements. The act must be considered a crime under the applicable criminal code and must be committed with a bias motivation.
- Bias motivation is recognized when a target (an individual, a group of people or property) is chosen based on protected characteristics.
- A protected characteristic is a fundamental trait shared by a group such as race, religion, ethnicity, language or sexual orientation.
- A response to a hate incident or hate crime can be either an immediate reaction (condemnation by authorities or citizens) or a more long-term prevention measure (project or policy).