Hate crime

Hate crime is any incident which constitutes a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person/people to be motivated by prejudice or hate due to

  • sexual orientation,
  • gender identity,
  • religion,
  • skin colour,
  • national origin or
  • a disability.

Hate crime can take many forms including:

  • Physical attacks including assault, damage to property, graffiti and arson.
  • Threat of attacks including offensive letters, abusive or obscene phone calls and malicious complaints.
  • Verbal abuse or insults including offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures and bullying in the school or workplace


Some hate incidents such as name calling in a non-confrontational situation may not constitute a criminal offence but is still considered a hate incident and can be reported.

We also work with local community workers and groups to monitor community tensions and where necessary we support coordinated responses to the identified issues

For more information visit:

www.newcastle.gov.uk/report a hate crime

or email arch@newcastle.gov.uk




Safe Newcastle supports a 24 hour free phone line where hate incidents can be reported.  There is a translation service to over 100 languages.

To report an incident:

Phone 0800 032 3288

Report it whether it’s about you, someone else or something you've seen. You can report it anonymously or have your details passed onto the police so that action can be taken.