How Hate Crime Negatively Impacts Mental Health

On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I am going to be talking about how hate crime negatively impacts mental health. 

I decided to talk about this topic as the 10th to the 17th of October 2020 is Hate Crime Awareness Week, which also overlaps with the World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October. 

I feel it’s important to talk about both of these topics. Especially as it’s Black History Month, the topic of race hate crime needs to be addressed. 

Listen to the episode

In today’s show, I talk about:

  • How to define a hate crime. [01:01]
  • Eye-opening statistics about hate crime in the UK. [01:43]
  • The psychological and mental impacts of being a victim of hate crime. [05:10]
  • The ABC technique and how to use it to support victims of hate crime. [06:37]
  • How to report a hate crime and get support for a victim and/or yourself. [08:45]

Statistics on Hate Crime 

  • 103,379 hate crimes were recorded by the police in England and Wales. This was an increase of 10% compared with 2017/18 (94,121 offences). There are many incidents that could be classed as a hate crime which go unreported.
  • This continues the upward trend of recent years. The number of hate crimes recorded by the police have more than doubled since 2012/13 (from 42,255 to 103,379 offences). 
  • While increases in hate crime over the last five years may be driven by improvements in crime recording by the police. Is it also fair to say there have been spikes in hate crime following certain events such as, the EU Referendum and the terrorist attacks in 2017. 
  • The majority of hate crimes were race hate crimes, accounting for c. three-quarters of offences (76%; 78,991 offences). These increased by 11% between 2017/18 and 2018/19. 
  •  Religious hate crimes increased by 3% , sexual orientation hate crimes increased 25%, disability hate crimes by 14%, and transgender identity hate crimes by 37% (to 2,333). 
  • It is estimated c.12% of hate crime offences in 2018/19 involved more than one motivating factor. The majority of these were hate crimes linked to both race and religion. 


Quotes: How hate crime negatively impacts mental health

  • A hate crime in the UK is defined as an offence, which the victim considers to be driven by hostility towards one or more of the following characteristics: race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, belief, sexual orientation, disability, or gender identity. 
  • Harassment is a commonplace experience for disabled people, as well as a culture of disbelief and systemic institutional failures are preventing it from being tackled effectively. 
  • Being a victim of a crime has severe negative psychological and mental impacts. 
  • Don’t put yourself in danger when trying to support someone where possible. Akin to the approach with mental health first aid or physical first aid. 
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to get involved, help and support others.

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