A Hate Incident is an incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any identifiable person or group, formally referred to as the 9 protected characteristics; these include age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity.


Crimes motivated by prejudice or hatred, namely offences in relation to Race, Religion or Belief, Gender Reassignment, Disability and Sexual Orientation are criminal and the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Act 2009 place specific duties on the Police and provide higher tariff penalties for those convicted.


Hate Incidents have no place in NHS Fife and the detrimental impact they have on victims can cause serious negative effects on mental and physical wellbeing.  It is a basic Human Right to be safe and secure and to be able to live and work free from fear.


Preventing Hate Incidents and eliminating prejudice and discrimination is fundamental to NHS Fife meeting its legal obligations in terms of the Equality Act 2010. More importantly it challenges unacceptable behaviour towards Staff, Patients and other users of NHS services and provides for a safe working environment.

For more information on Hate Incidents contact:

Ian Bease, Community Safety Lead Officer

Email: ian.bease@nhs.net

Ian Bease

For more information contact

Ian Bease, Community Safety Lead Officer 
Tel: 01592 648166 Contact Ian Bease online
By Post: Hayfield House Hayfield Road Kirkcaldy Fife KY2 5AH


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