Citizens Advice Gateshead is registered as a Hate Crime Reporting Centre. We take this role very seriously and would encourage you to use this confidential service if you have been a victim of a hate crime, or you have witnessed a hate crime.
What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is a crime which is motivated by prejudice relating to disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation. Hate crimes can range from threatening behaviour to assault. They’re a particularly insidious type of crime as they can leave deep psychological scars upon victims.
Around 80% of hate crimes relate to a victim’s race and it is estimated that around a third of transgender people in the UK were victims of a hate crime last year. Local press reported in 2018 that Anti-Semitic incidents in Gateshead had doubled over the course of the last year.
How do I report a hate crime?
As a Hate Crime Reporting Centre we can report a hate crime on your behalf if you don’t feel you want to go to the police directly. No hate incident is too small to report; someone does not have to physically assault you to commit a hate crime.
To report a hate crime please go to report-it.org.uk or speak to one of our members of staff who will take you through the process.
You can also report any hate incident that you witness by calling 999, even if you’re not the victim of the hate crime.
If you need to speak to someone about discrimination, contact us.