A hate incident is any incident perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice to the following characteristics of someone:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- trans gender identity
- sexual orientation
A hate incident become a hate crime when it is prosecuted in court.
The police will investigate an incident more widely to include all 9 protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, and alternative lifestyles.
Examples of hate crime
Hate crime can take many forms including:
- Physical attacks – such as assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson;
- Threat of attack – such as offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate, and unfounded malicious complaints; and
- 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.
For more information please visit www.gov.uk.
Ways to report hate crime
Stop Hate UK are the lead organisation to combat racism, homophobia and other forms of hate crime in Newcastle.
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.
If you would like to report hate crime you can call their 24 hour confidential free telephone number.
You can also report hate crime at a designated Safe Reporting Centre in Newcastle.
In an emergency, always dial 999.
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: April 17, 2019