Latest figures show that in the last year there were over 5,300 charges of hate crime reported to the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland, with many other incidents not being reported to the police.
In Scotland, the law recognises hate crimes as motivated by prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability.
Hate crime can be verbal or physical, is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Hate crime has hugely damaging effects on victims, their families and communities and we all must play our part to challenge it.
At the end of September the Scottish Government will launch a campaign to encourage those who have witnessed hate crime to speak out and report it.
Through a series of attention grabbing letters, the campaign speaks directly to witnesses of hate crime by using emotive language to highlight the different forms hate crime takes and encourages everyone to report hate crime if they see it.
Police Scotland takes hate crime very seriously it’s against the law and a high priority. If you witness a hate crime, call your local police on 101, or in an emergency always call 999. #ReportHate