Hate crimes are crimes committed against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.
In 2015, there were 155 hate crime offenses reported in Virginia.
- 41 assaults based on racial bias
- 29 property or vandalism crimes based on racial bias
- 14 property or vandalism crimes based on religious bias
- 55 bias-motivated crimes against African-Americans
- 8 anti-Jewish crimes
- 7 anti-Islamic crimes
- 11 crimes based on actual or perceived homosexuality against men
- 13 crimes against persons based on a mental or developmental disability
See the Virginia State Police’s full report on hate crimes in Virginia
There are important state and federal laws that can protect you, your family, your business, and your congregation from mistreatment because of your race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.