The Australian Hate Crime Network (AHCN) is a partnership composed of three sectors of society: academics, representatives of NGOs from minority communities, and people from relevant government organisations.
The AHCN works to develop priorities and outcomes that address and prevent hate crime and hate incidents in Australia.
The AHCN recognises that hate crime may be committed on the grounds of, but is not limited to, race, religion, ethnic or national origin, sexuality, gender, gender identity, age, disability or homelessness status.
The AHCN aims to:
Membership the AHCN is comprised of stakeholders with experience, expertise, responsibility or commitment to the problem of hate crime and hate incidents in Australia. This includes (but is not restricted to) non-government organisations, academics and government organisations.
The Network welcomes membership from all over Australia. Please contact the Co-Convenors regarding potential membership.
Hate crime is generally understood as crime and abuse that is motivated or shaped by prejudice or group hatred. This tends to include prejudice on the grounds of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability. Hate crime is also referred to as targeted crime, bias crime and prejudice-related crime.
Some different definitions of hate crime include: