Hate Crimes

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In Canada, a hate crime is a criminal offence committed against a person, group of people or property that is motivated by the suspect’s hate, prejudice or bias, based on race, colour, national or ethnic origin, language, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, or sexual orientation.

Note: Hate/Bias incidents are actions that are not criminal in nature but may be covered by the Canadian Human Rights Act and/or the Ontario Human Rights Code

Acts of hate may include (but are not limited to) the following that target a particular person or group based on race, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or ability.

  • Verbal abuse/harassment (including offensive jokes, name calling, targeted insults)
  • Intimidation or bullying (in-person)
  • Physical assault
  • Vandalism, destruction, damage or harm to personal property or belongings
  • Graffiti
  • Online abuse
  • Hoax calls, abusive phone calls or text messages
  • Malicious complaints

An act of hate and discrimination does not need to target an individual. 

Chatham-Kent Victim Services
24 Third Street
Chatham, ON N7M 5K5
Chatham-Kent Police Service: 519-436-6600
Canadian Mental Health Association Crisis Line: 1-866-299-7447
Adult Language & Learning Centre: 519-354-7424

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If you require support, contact our office at 519.436.6630

If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 911 for immediate assistance.

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