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Hate Crime

A hate crime is a criminal offence where the offender has the aim of hurting the victim because of personal elements such as his/her race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
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The offence is committed because the offender has a bias motive. This specific motive makes hate crimes different to other crimes. This type of crime can “be an act of intimidation, threats, property damage, assault, murder or any other criminal offence.” A person’s intolerance and bigotry could also be the trigger of violent actions. Maltese law does not define the term ‘hate crime’. However, Section 83B of the Criminal Code says that the punishment for any offence shall be increased when the offence is wholly or partially aggravated or motivated by hatred against a person or a group due to his/her or their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, colour, language, ethnic origin, religion or belief or political or other opinions.

The content available on this website is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For free legal or emotional advice and support pertaining to your specific situation, please contact Victim Support Malta. 

Facts and information: hate crime

A governmental unit, that offers support services to victims of hate crime and speech and their families.

The support services offered are free of charge and specifically tailored to each and every individual. 

These include:
Psychological support
Legal aid
Dedicated phone line
Assistance through online chat​
Social media presence

The services are strictly confidential. Unless there is a legal requirement or there is a risk of harm to self and/or others, the details pertaining to the case, or any other information, will not be passed on without the person's permission.