What is Hate Crime?
Incidents of hate crime can be motivated by race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Victims can be subjected to physical assaults or suffer damage to their property. They may also experience the threat of an attack or verbal abuse.
National statistics from the Home Office have revealed that there were 44,480 incidents of hate crime recorded by the police in 2013/14 â€“ an increase of five per cent on the previous year.
We have invited three guests to write about hate crime and what they have done to help raise awareness and stamp it out: