Hate Crime describes criminal behaviours committed against someone because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or some other perceived difference.
It can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, bullying – both online and offline – and damage to property.
It can escalate to threatening behaviour and violence.
Hate Crime is a scourge on a modern and diverse society, causing conflict within communities and undermining social cohesion. It reflects lack of respect for others and can make victims feel unsafe in their own home and neighbourhood.
Our Hate Hurts campaign promotes a zero-tolerance approach towards Hate Crime in County Durham and Darlington.
The campaign aims to:
Find out how you can support the campaign
“Hate Crime is very unpleasant and can be very traumatic for anyone who experiences it. It’s different from so many other types of crime and incidents because it’s so personal. People are victimised because of who they are, and what they are perceived to be rather than because of something that they’ve done.”
“Hate Crime is a serious offence, causing significant harm and distress to victims and adversely affecting the cohesion of our society. I welcome Ron Hogg’s new initiative to tackle this scourge and endorse Durham Police’s zero tolerance stance on Hate Crime.”
“Speaking or acting hatefully of others is simply wrong. It is unacceptable in any society where respect and care for one another is valued. I trust this campaign will help us all to speak well of, and act kindly towards, one another.”
“Durham University is a global university, welcoming staff and students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. We aim to create an open and inclusive environment where all members of our community feel safe and can achieve their full potential. We are pleased to be supporting this campaign.”
RECOGNISE IT. REPORT IT.
If you witness, or are a victim of Hate Crime
Call 101 or 999 in an emergency or visit report-it.org.uk.