Hate Crime

Hate crimes are motivated by racial, sexual or other prejudices.

They can include acts of violence, threatening behaviour and harassment.

The Crown Prosecution Service's definition of a hate crime is an offence motivated by prejudice related to the following.

Race
Religion
Disability
Sexual orientation
Gender identity

Hate crimes can also be recorded on the basis of age discrimination and alternative sub-culture, such as against Goths, Emos, Punks and other groups.

Hate crimes take many forms which include:

Assault
Criminal damage
Harassment
Murder
Theft
Fraud
Hate mail
Sexual assault

Report a Hate Crime

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hate crime it is important to tell the police.

You can report a hate crime by phoning 101 or via the Northumbria Police website.

Anyone can be the victim of a hate crime. If you or someone you know is a victim of hate crime, it is important that you report it to the police.