Hate crime Incident Report form

Discrimination database » Hate crime Incident Report form

Are you a: *
  • Victim
  • Witness
  • Third party
What do you think motivated this crime? *
  • Ethnic origin
  • Language
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Social status
  • Political convictions
  • Other ground
Incident
  • In your own words tell us what happened. Give as much details as you can. *
Were you injured? *
  • Yes
  • No
Did you seek medical attention? *
  • Yes
  • No
Did you suffer any loss or damage to your property? *
  • Yes
  • No
When did the incident take place? *
Where did it happen?
Have you reported this incident to the police? *
  • Which one? (If possible, please indicate the police station and name of the police officer who registered the offence.) What action was taken by the police? *
Did anyone witness what happened to you? *
  • Yes
  • No
How many offenders were there? *
Can you give a description?
  • Distinguishing marks or features
Your details
  • I want to remain anonymous
  • If you do not want to disclose your personal information, please indicate contact details of another person, who could be contacted regarding the incident.
  • Additional comments

* - mandatory fields

Hate crimes

Any criminal act committed against a person or property, which is motivated by the offender’s hatred of people because of the race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation is a hate crime.

 

Being a victim of this kind of crime can be a particularly frightening experience as you have been victimised because of who you are, or who or what your attacker thinks you are.

 

Hate crime can take many forms:

- Racial abuse (threats or insults), which can be verbal or written
- Bullying, harassment
- Causing damage to property
- Circulating or displaying racist or other hate material
- Offensive graffiti
- Any physical violence

The Latvian Criminal Law criminalises incitement to hatred on the basis of race, ethnic, national origin and religion (Sections 78, 150, 151). The Law also provides for racist motive as an aggravating circumstance (Section 48) for all offences.

 

Why should hate crimes be reported? We all have the right to live our lives in peace and with dignity at home, at work or in the street. When crimes are not reported, the offenders are free to commit similar crimes again either against you or other members of the community.