What is a hate crime?
A criminal act committed against a person or group of people in which the victims are targeted because of their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, skin color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. Bias can occur before, during, or after offense.
What is a hate threat?
A criminal offense when the perpetrator has threatened violence with spoken or written words against a specific person or group of people.
What is hate speech?
Offensive or hurtful words that are directed against a member of a protective class, but no direct threat is made. These are not hate crimes and are considered free speech.
What to do in the event of a hate crime
If injured, get medical attention immediately.
If alone, call a family member or friend to be with you to assist you.
Write or tell someone else to write down any details of the incident. Include the perpetrator’s gender, age, approximate height & weight, race/ ethnicity, clothes, and any other distinguishing details.
Keep any evidence such as notes, clothing, graffiti, audio or video recordings, items that may have fingerprints, etc.
Take pictures of your injuries and the location of the incident.
Know Your Rights
Right to report the crime without revealing your immigration status.
Right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.
Right to be notified of all court proceedings related to the offense.
Right to have input at sentencing.
Right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.
Right to an order of restitution from the convicted offender.
Right to be notified of these rights.
Other Helpful Resources
Propublica: Documenting Hate
An anonymous way to share your hate violence story without reporting to authorities.
Share Your Story With Us
Send your story to any of our social media sites, state that you wish to remain anonymous, a detailed story of your experience with hate, and we’ll share it.
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office: Bureau of Victim Services
- Resource & Referral to Counseling
- Court Escort/Support Services
- Property Return (Information & Assistance)
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Protective Order Assistance
- Emergency Legal Assistance Referral
- Mental Health Referrals
- Crisis Intervention
- Assist with CALVCB (California Victim Compensation Board)
Tel: 1 (800) 380-3811
Contact the Bureau of Victim Services for your respective victim advocate.