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.