An alternative sub-culture hate crime or non-crime hate incident is any incident where you or someone else has been targeted because of your actual or perceived alternative subculture.

Alternative sub-cultures include Goths, Emos, Punks, Metallers and some variants of hippie and dance culture.

No two hate incidents are the same but they may include the following:

·         Verbal abuse and name-calling

·         Physical attack

·         Graffiti or other deliberate damage to property

·         Written or recorded threats

·         Cyber Bullying

These incidents don’t just affect the lives of those involved but affect their friends, families, the local community and
society as a whole.

If hate incidents are not reported then people who target others will feel their behaviour is totally acceptable and they may continue to abuse others.