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A hate crime is any crime which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by malice or ill will towards a social group.


— Definition of 'hate crime' by Scottish Government


EIFA offers training on Hate Crime Awareness, both along with consultation about diversity and inclusion for public bodies and employers, and to schools. 

We have developed an accredited Online Hate Crime Awareness Course, which involves the lived experiences of people of faith in Edinburgh. This course is free and available for schools or communities on the Ground We Share Website

EIFA is a third party Hate Crime reporting centre: our staff have been trained to assist a victim or witness in submitting a report to the police and can make such a report on the victim/witnesses behalf.

Email to report a hate crime through us.

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Much of our vital work involves connecting diverse communities to public bodies, and the decisions that affect them. This involves representing faith groups in local and national Government steering groups, and acting as a bridge between civil society and Edinburgh's diverse faith groups. 

We also act as a third party hate crime reporting centre. We advise bodies, such as Police Scotland, through consultations with people from diverse backgrounds on the experience of reporting hate crimes, for example.


"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences"


- Audre Lorde 


Throughout the years, we have organised many successful projects, celebrating Edinburgh's diversity. We believe that diversity of experience and culture adds to the richness of life in our city: celebrating diversity adds to effective interfaith cooperation; and helps to educate and reduce stereotypes which lead to hate and hate crime. 

One notable example was the Our Story project, an oral history research project on Edinburgh's diverse groups, culminating in a travelling exhibition and a static exhibition in the Museum of Edinburgh. 

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