Hate crime

Hate crime

You should never feel targeted over your race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age or identity. If you feel you have been a victim of hate crime please report it immediately using the resources below: Hate crimes can be committed against a person or property and the victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted – anyone can be a victim.

What we do

Hate crime has a significant impact on the victim and causes damage to communities. The Hate Crime Strategy is a clear statement of the Safer Northumberland Partnership’s commitment to prevent hate crime where possible, respond positively to those that occur and reduce the under-reporting of hate crime.

Hate crimes are any crimes targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity
  • age
Working as a sub group of the Safer Northumberland Partnership, the group reports to the NCC Communities and Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee, as well as the wider regional groups coordinated by the police and to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC). The current membership includes police, NCC, health, education and voluntary sector agencies. 

Aims and objectives

The Safer Northumberland Partnership is committed to:
  • reducing the harm hate crime causes
  • increasing the confidence of victims
  • working with partners to identify and prosecute those who commit such crimes
To achieve this, the hate crime strategy will support the Safer Northumberland Partnership to:
  • build the trust and confidence of individuals and groups affected by hate crime
  • reduce under-reporting of hate crime
  • reduce the overall incidences of this crime
  • reduce its impact through high-quality victim support
  • bring offenders to justice
  • promote community cohesion
  • provide a service that balances a person’s right to be free from targeted abuse with rights to freedom of expression

Partners involved

  • Safer Northumberland Partnership
  • Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Safe Reporting Centres
  • Voluntary Sector

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