The Department of Justice is finalising detailed proposals on new hate crime legislation that will be brought to the government as soon as possible.
It comes after a new CSO survey shows one in ten adults say they had been the victim of assault, fraud, theft or attempted theft.
7% of those targetted believed the incident was motivated by discrimination against their age, gender or race.
Meanwhile, 4% of victims said they felt that the crime came about due to their race, religion or ethnicity.
The CSO survey, which looked at people's experiences of crime in 2018 and 2019 also indicates younger adults were more likely to be targeted in a crime.
Around 4% of households said they were burgled or vandalised in the 12 months before being interviewed.
75% of people who answered the survey said they felt safe walking in their local area at night.