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Hate crime

Report hate crime in Gateshead

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999.

If you have witnessed a hate incident or been a victim of hate crime because of your race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability please report it.

Report a hate crime or hate incident online (opens new window)

The impact of hate crime on an individual and their family can often be devastating, affecting social, psychological and physical wellbeing. Where individuals are targeted because of a personal characteristic they often feel fearful of further incidents and isolated; it can also affect others who may share that characteristic, leading to impacts across the wider community. A hate crime is defined as 'Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's:

  • Disability
  • Gender identity (transphobic)
  • Race or ethnicity (racist)
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation (homophobic)

Hate crime and incidents can cover a range of actions, including but not limited to:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Threatening behaviour
  • Deliberate 'outing' or threat of 'outing'
  • Criminal damage
  • Offensive graffiti
  • Arson or attempted arson
  • Physical attack
  • Harassment by phone, text, email, or via the internet
  • Abusive correspondence

In Gateshead, we will ensure that any incident or crime perpetrated due to prejudice will be captured, recorded and dealt with as a hate crime.

Gateshead Community Safety Board - Hate Crime Strategy (PDF) [558KB] (opens new window)

Digital training - responding to hate crime and extremism

The Centre for Hate Studies has produced an online hate crime training programme which includes modules on public transport, support for victims, hate crime in higher education and more. These have been developed following consultation with those affected by hate crime. Anyone can access the training by registering using the link below.

Access the hate crime training programme (opens new window)