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Hate crime

What is a hate crime

A hate crime or incident is an act of violence, aggression, prejudice or hostility directed at someone because of their:

  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • transgender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability

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
  • Harassment or emotional abuse
  • 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 including age related. They will take you seriously and help you. You can report:

  • if something has happened to you
  • if you have witnessed something
  • on a free confidential helpline

Northumbria Police can be contacted to report incidents of hate crime online or using their non emergency 101 telephone number if you can’t go online.  During the coronavirus do not go to a 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

Last updated: July 2, 2020

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