Bulletin Reports

Hate Crime Victimization Statistics

This report presents statistics on hate crime victimization during the period from 2003 to 2012 using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The tables show changes in the number and rate of hate crime victimizations. They examine the perceived motivation for the hate crime, demographic characteristics of victims and offenders, and the percentage of hate crimes reported to police. The tables compare characteristics of hate crime and nonhate crime victimization and the NCVS and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) hate crime statistics.


  • Over 293,800 violent and property hate crime victimizations occurred in 2012 against individuals age 12 or older residing in U.S. households.
  • In 2012 victims perceived that 51 percent of hate crimes were motivated by ethnicity bias, which was an increase from 2011 with 30 percent and 2004 with 22 percent.
  • The percentage of hate crimes motivated by religious bias nearly tripled from 10 percent in 2004 to 28 percent in 2012, while the percentage of hate crimes motivated by gender bias more than doubled from 12 percent to 26 percent during the same period.
  • An estimated 60 percent of hate crime victimizations were not reported to police in 2012. This was a slight decline from 2011, when it was estimated that 74 percent of hate crime victimizations were not reported to police.
  • The percentage of hate crimes involving violence increased from 78 percent in 2004 to 90 percent in 2011 and 2012.
  • The rate of violent hate crimes against Hispanics more than tripled from 0.6 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2011 to 2.0 per 1,000 in 2012.
  • In 2012 offenders had weapons in at least 24 percent of violent hate crime victimizations, and the victims sustained injuries in 20 percent of these victimizations.

To obtain the complete report, access http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=4883, February 20, 2014, NCJ 244409.