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Fast Facts on Wisconsin Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 43 69 72
Religion 10 14 29
Sexual Orientation 11 16 28
Disability 3 3 6
Gender 3 3 9
Gender Identity 2 11 8
Total: 72 116 152

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 90 55.2%
Crimes Against Property 60 36.8%
Crimes Against Society 13 8.0%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 72 47.4%
Religion 29 19.1%
Sexual Orientation 28 18.4%
Disability 6 3.9%
Gender 9 5.9%
Gender Identity 8 5.3%


*2021 was the first year that the annual hate crimes statistics were reported entirely through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  As a result of the shift to NIBRS-only data collection, law enforcement agency participation in submitting all crime statistics, including hate crimes, fell significantly from 2020 to 2021.  


Case Examples

A Wisconsin man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for threatening his Black neighbors because of their race.

In March 2021, the defendant vandalized a Black woman’s vehicle parked outside her apartment by slashing her tires and smashing her windshield. He left a note on her car filled with racial slurs, threatened to slash her throat, and demanded she move out. A week later, he slashed her tires again, left another note filled with racial slurs, and gave her an ultimatum – move out of the neighborhood or suffer violence.

In April 2022, a Black woman and her two children moved into the defendant’s apartment complex. The defendant vandalized her front door with racial graffiti and left her a note calling her family by a racial slur and demanding that she leave the building.

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The resources below include specific examples, experiences, or information related to Wisconsin.
Go to the Resources page to access all resources.

Guide | Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) | Victim Advocacy Groups/General Community

Waking in Oak Creek: A guide for community screenings

Guide | Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) | Law Enforcement

Waking in Oak Creek: A guide for law enforcement

Film/Documentary | Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) | Law Enforcement, Public Officials, Victim Advocacy Groups/General Community

Walking in Oak Creek

Publication | National Institute of Justice (OJP) | Researchers

Questioning Bias: Validating a Bias Crime Victim Assessment Tool in California And New Jersey


DOJ Offices

FBI Field Office



3600 S. Lake Drive
St. Francis, WI 53235

T: 414.276.4684

U.S. Attorneys' Offices



Eastern District of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

Western District of Wisconsin (Madison)

CRS Regional Office



Midwestern Regional Office
230 South Dearborn Street
Room 2130
Chicago, IL 60604

T: 312.353.4391
F: 312.353.4390

Updated November 16, 2023