Detectives are investigating whether a savage attack on a woman in Rockingham last year was a hate crime due to the victim’s transitioning gender identity. Police have only now released details and CCTV footage connected to the brutal assault — that occurred on Thursday, December 2 — which left the victim with a fractured cheekbone and nose, six chipped teeth, two black eyes and a laceration above the eye requiring five stitches. At about 5pm the 35-year-old woman was crossing Read Street and Chalgrove Avenue when a passenger in a vehicle shouted derogatory abuse at her causing her to become upset. The victim continued walking down Centarus Place to a park located between Corvus Place and Read Street. Whilst in the park she was physically assaulted by a man, who possibly came from the vehicle in the earlier incident. The victim believes she was targeted due to her transitioning gender identity and police are now treating the incident as a possible hate crime. The victim received serious facial injuries and was treated at Rockingham Hospital for her injuries. On Thursday police released CCTV footage of two men in a silver Mitsubishi Triton. Police believe these men can help them with the investigation. Detective senior constable Will Hassett said the assault was unprovoked and that the victim did not know the offenders. He said the victim was still recovering from the incident. “It is obviously a very distressing incident that she encountered and she continues to recover,” he said. “She is still receiving treatment for some of these injuries and it will be ongoing. “It is an unprovoked attack on a woman in her 30s for which we are still trying to establish the reasons and motivation. “It is a vicious unprovoked attack and one... that the Rockingham community won’t condone. “That’s why we are investigating it thoroughly.” Anyone who saw the incident or has information relating to the men or the vehicle in the CCTV or who have any information relating to this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.