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Hate Crime in Scotland 2016-17 report released

The Hate Crime in Scotland 2016-17 report was released today.

The report found that racial crime remains the most commonly reported hate crime, despite a decline in cases from previous years. This is followed by sexual orientation aggravated crime, with religiously aggravated charges in third place. Figures also include prejudice relating to disability and charges under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. 

Main findings:

  • Racial crime remains the most commonly reported hate crime. There were 3,349 charges reported in 2016-17, 10 percent fewer than in 2015-16, and the lowest number reported since 2003-04.

  • Sexual orientation aggravated crime is the second most common type of hate crime. There were 1,075 charges reported in 2016-17, an increase of 5 percent. With the exception of 2014-15, there have been year on year increases in charges reported since the legislation introducing this aggravation came into force in 2010.

  • The number of religiously aggravated charges reported, at 673, is 14 percent higher than in 2015-16. This is the highest number reported since 2012-13.

  • There were 188 charges reported in 2016-17 with an aggravation of prejudice relating to disability, 6 percent fewer than in 2015-16.

  • There were 377 charges reported in 2016-17 under Section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, 32 percent higher than in 2015-16. This is the highest annual number of charges reported since this legislation came into force. Over one third of the charges (140) related to a single football match, the Rangers v Hibs cup final in May 2016.

 

The full report and figures can be found on the Equality and Diversity page on the website.