BJS: Majority of Hate Crimes Are Ethnic Bias


There was little change in the total number of hate crimes nationwide between 2004 and 2012, but the amount motivated by ethnic and religious bias drastically increased during that time, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

About 293,800 nonfatal violent and property hate crime victimizations occurred in the United States in 2012, according to BJS. Up slightly from 2004 when an estimated 281,700 occurred.

In 2004, about 22 percent of hate crimes were attributed to ethnicity bias; in 2012, that motivation represented more than half (51 percent) of hate crimes.

The findings are based on BJS's National Crime Victimization Survey, “which measures nonfatal crimes perceived by victims to be motivated by an offender's bias against them because they belong to or are associated with a group largely identified by characteristics designated in the Hate Crimes Statistics Act,” according to BJS.

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