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Harassment covers a wide range of offensive behaviour. It is commonly understood as behaviour intended to disturb or upset. In the legal sense, it is behaviour which is found threatening or disturbing.

Hate Crime

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A hate crime is a crime in which the perpetrator's conduct is motivated, in whole or in part, by hatred, bias, or prejudice, based upon the actual or perceived race, colour, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation of another individual or group.

Hate crime includes anything from verbal abuse, threatening behaviour or malicious communications. This includes all of the following:

  • Disability incident - any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person on the grounds of their disability
  • Racial incident - any incident, which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person
  • Faith hate incident - any incident which is perceived to be motivated by faith or religious hatred by the victim or any other person
  • Homophobic incident - any incident, which is perceived to be homophobic by the victim or any other person
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Transphobic.

Racial Harassment

What is a racist incident?

" Any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person " as defined in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report 1999)

What is racial harassment?

Racial harassment is any unwanted conduct based on race that is intimidating, upsetting, embarrassing, humiliating or offensive, which affects your dignity.

This may include verbal abuse, physical abuse, racist graffiti, damage to property or possessions and arson, or attempted arson.

People can experience harassment because of their race, colour, religion, ethnic origin or nationality.

Why report racist incidents?

  • Racial harassment is a very serious matter - however, many people are reluctant to report racism.
  • It is important that you do report racist behaviour because this will enable agencies to monitor where racist incidents are happening and take action.
  • The Council will work with the Police and other agencies to do something about it.
  • If you decide not to report, we will not know whether there is a problem.

How can I report a racist incident?

  • If you are attacked, or witness a racially motivated attack, we advise that you contact Northumbria Police immediately.
  • If you are subjected to racist abuse and don't want to report it to the Police, you can visit one of the identified Reporting Centres where you can make a report and receive advise.
  • The reporting centre staff will fill in a racist incident reporting form and ask for your consent to take your details. But if you wish to remain anonymous, you can.
  • Let the Reporting Centre know if you wish to speak to a male or female interviewer, or whether you require an interpreter.
  • If you would prefer not to speak to anyone, the Reporting Centres will also have a supply of self-reporting forms produced by Northumbria Police. Simply fill in the self-reporting form and post it off. You do not need a stamp.

What happens to the Reporting Form?

  • All racist incidents will be taken seriously.
  • The Reporting Centres will pass the form on to a Lead Officer for racist incidents.
  • The Lead Officer will then make sure that the incident is investigated and recorded.
  • You will be kept up-to-date with progress.
  • Please remember - no action will be taken without your consent.
  • Also remember - if you wish the racism to be reported, but want no action taken, this will help too.

Racist Incident Reporting Centres

AddressTelephone Number

Gateshead Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 3000

Bensham Grove Community Centre
Sidney Grove
Bensham Grove

0191 477 2263

Millennium House
207 Coatsworth Road

0191 477 7000

Gateshead Leisure Centre
Alexander Road

0191 478 6000

Council Offices
Prince Consort Road

0191 490 1616

Felling Area Housing Office
Booth Street

0191 469 5411

Dunston Community Centre
Railway Street

0191 460 4270

Dunston Activities Centre
Ellison Road

0191 460 5000

Sunderland Road Library
Herbert Street
Sunderland Road

0191 477 1841

Contact Us

Report Hate Crime 24/7 - 0191 433 2648

Safer Communities Co-ordinator
Safer Communities Team
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Tel: 0191 433 3000


Housing Options Team
Community Based Services
Civic Centre
Regent Street,

Tel: 0191 433 2625 (out of office emergencies  0191 477 0844)