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Please click the image/link below to download a fact sheet with detailed graphics and information on hate crimes reported to the FBI for Wisconsin in 2022.

Image of the 2022 Wisconsin Hate Crimes Fact Sheet

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.  


News


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.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/wisconsin-man-sentenced-making-racially-charged-threats-against-black-residents

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/wisconsin-man-pleads-guilty-making-racially-charged-threats-toward-black-residents

 


Grant Awardees

 

Community-Based Approaches to Prevent and Address Hate Crimes

FORGE | Keeping Ourselves Whole: Addressing Hate Crimes Against the Trans Community | FY 2022


Services to Support Victims of Hate Crime and Strengthen Communities

Futures Without Violence subawardee: Cia Siab, Inc. | Community IMPACT: Imagining Multidisciplinary Pathways to Assist, Care & Thrive


Resources

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

FBI

 

Milwaukee
3600 S. Lake Drive
St. Francis, WI 53235

T: 414.276.4684
milwaukee.fbi.gov


U.S. Attorneys' Offices

DOJ

 

Eastern District of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
www.justice.gov/usao-edwi/contact

Western District of Wisconsin (Madison)
www.justice.gov/usao-wdwi/contact-information


CRS Regional Office

CRS

 

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

T: 312.353.4391
F: 312.353.4390
askcrs@usdoj.gov

Updated May 20, 2024