What is a hate crime incident?
‘Any incident, which may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.’
Hate crime is any unwanted conduct based upon the actual or perceived race, colour, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation of another individual or group that is intimidating, upsetting, embarrassing, humiliating or offensive, which affects your dignity.
This may include verbal abuse, threatening behaviour, physical abuse, malicious communications, damage to property or possessions and arson, or attempted arson.
Why report hate crime incidents?
Hate crime is a very serious matter – however, many people are reluctant to report hate crime incidents.
It is important that you do report hate crime incidents, because this will enable agencies to monitor where these incidents are taking place and take action.
The housing company and Gateshead 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 hate crime incident?
If you are attacked, or witness a hate crime motivated incident, we advise that you contact Northumbria Police immediately.
If you are subjected to hate crime 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 advice.
The reporting centre staff will fill in a hate crime reporting form and ask for your consent to take your details. But if you wish to remain anonymous, you can.
Let the reporting centres know if you wish to speak to a male or a female interviewer, or whether you require an interpreter.
What happens to the reporting form?
- All hate crime incidents will be taken seriously
- The reporting centres will pass the form onto a lead officer for hate crime incidents
- The lead officer will then make sure that the incident is investigated and recorded
- You will be kept up to date with progress.
- No action will be taken without your consent
- If you wish the hate crime incident to be reported, but want no action taken, this will help too.