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The Hate Crime Statistics Act (28 U.S.C. § 534) defines hate crimes as “crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender or gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.” The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) measures crimes perceived by victims to be motivated by an offender’s bias against them for belonging to or being associated with a group largely identified by these characteristics. For a crime to be classified as a hate crime in the NCVS, the victim must report at least one of three types of evidence that the act was motivated by hate: the offender used hate language, the offender left behind hate symbols, or police investigators confirmed that the incident was hate crime.

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Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2012 - Statistical Tables 1.3 MILLION NONFATAL VIOLENT CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN 2012, UNCHANGED FROM 2011
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Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009–2012 - Statistical Tables Presents estimates of nonfatal violent victimization (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities from 2009 to 2012.
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Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2012 - Statistical Tables U.S. RESIDENTS EXPERIENCED ABOUT 293,800 HATE CRIME VICTIMIZATIONS IN 2012 UNCHANGED FROM 2004
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Hate Crime Victimization, 2004–2012 - Statistical Tables Presents counts and rates of hate crime victimization in 2012, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
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Hate Crime Victimization, 2003-2011 Presents annual counts and rates of hate crime victimization that occurred from 2003 through 2011, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
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Hate Crime Victimization, 2003-2011 NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF HATE CRIMES WENT UNREPORTED TO POLICE IN RECENT YEARS
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Hate Crime, 2003-2009 Presents annual counts and rates of hate crime victimizations that occurred between 2003 and 2009, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
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Hate Crime, 2003-2009 AN ESTIMATED 148,000 HATE CRIMES REPORTED IN 2009; MOST HATE CRIMES MOTIVATED BY RACIAL OR ETHNIC BIAS
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Hate Crime Reported by Victims and Police Provides information on the number of hate crimes reported to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and their characteristics.
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Hate Crimes Reported in NIBRS, 1997-99 "Justice Department releases 1997 to 1999 Hate Crime Statistics"
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Hate crime victimization Refers to a single victim or household that experienced a criminal incident believed by the victim to be motivated by prejudice based on race, gender or gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), Hate Crime Statistics Program, are the principal sources of annual information on hate crime in the United States and use the definition of hate crime provided in the Hate Crime Statistics Act (28 U.S.C. ยง 534).