What is a hate crime
A hate crime or incident are acts of violence, aggression, prejudice or hostility directed at someone because of their:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- transgender identity
- sexual orientation
You can report a hate incident to the police.
Examples of hate crime
Hate crime can include:
- Verbal abuse or insults such as offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace
- Physical attacks such as hitting, punching, pushing or spitting
- Damage to property graffiti and arson
- Abusive phone, text messages or hate mail neighbour disputes
- Threat of attack such as offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate, and unfounded malicious complaints
- Online abuse on social media
For more information please visit www.gov.uk.
Ways to report hate crime
Stop Hate UK work to combat racism, homophobia and other forms of hate crime. If you work, live or are active in Newcastle, you can tell them anonymously about something that has happened to you, or about something that you have witnessed. They will help by taking you seriously and believing you; referring you to people that can give you support; and encouraging action against the perpetrator. You can report hate crime on their 24 hour confidential free telephone number.
Northumbria Police can be contacted to report incidents of hate crime using their non emergency 101 telephone number. You can also report hate crime at a designated Safe Reporting Centre in Newcastle.
In an emergency or if someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.
Connected Voice Advocacy offer free, confidential support and advice to people over 16 who have experienced hate crime. They will:
- listen to you
- take you seriously
- offer support to report the incident
- help you to get your voice heard
Other useful information
- Information NOW section on Neighbourhood problems
- Information NOW article on Ways to report crime and community safety issues
- Newcastle City Council Crime Prevention and Community Safety
Last updated: January 15, 2020