Know Your Rights

Hate Crime, how to spot it, report it and get help

This information has been authored by the NUSU Your Voice team and Safe Newcastle in order to give an overview of Hate Crime and is not intended to replace advice from the Student Advice Centre. For more detailed information on specific issues please head to the Student Advice Centre pages here to book in to see an Adviser. You can also report Hate Crime using the NUSU Report and Support page.

Contact for details of drop in support groups in Newcastle

What is a Hate Incident or Crime?

Hate incidents and hate crime are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are.

In legal terms Hate Crime covers 5 protected characteristics.

  • Disability
  • Transgender status
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation

Unfortunately, misogyny is not included in this framework although campaigners have been trying to change this.

The following information has been given by Safe Newcastle.

(Safe Newcastle is the Community Safety Partnership for Newcastle upon Tyne)

Hate crime, such as racist, homophobic, religious, transphobic or disability incidents, should not happen, but they still do. Nobody should suffer because of who they are and nobody should have to put up with it. You can do something about it.

If you, your family or friends are having problems because of your 'race' or skin colour, this is a racist incident.

If you, your family or friends are having problems because of your sexual orientation or transgender identity, this is a homophobic or transphobic incident.

If you, your family or friends have been targeted because you have a disability then this is a disability hate crime.

Some types of these incidents, such as verbal abuse, assaults and threats are obvious. Other examples, such as damage to your property, bullying or rude gestures can harder to identify. Hate crime can also happen on-line, via social media or other electronic communications.

If you believe you have experienced a hate incident, even if you have no proof, report it.

You can report a hate incident whether it’s about you, someone else or something you've seen/ witnessed.

Easy read leaflets can be found

Victims First:


In Newcastle, hate incidents and hate crimes can be reported to our third party reporting process through Stop Hate UK

You can report anonymously or have your details passed onto the police so that they can take action or to local services who can provide you with support.

Stop Hate UK provides independent and confidential Hate Crime reporting services for Newcastle, whether you are a victim of Hate Crime, you have witnessed incident you view as a Hate Crime or you are a third party to an incident that could be a Hate Crime.

Stop Hate UK are here 24 hours a day:

  • On the phone: 0800 138 1625
  • Chat on the web: (go to You can chat live to one of their operators. Please note that it may take a few minutes to connect to an operator
  • In an email:
  • In a text: 07717 989 025. Texts are charged at your standard network rate
  • With text relay: 18001 0800 138 1625. For people who are deaf, or have speech or hearing impairments
  • In an online form at
  • In the post: PO Box 851, Leeds LS1 9QS
  • Report Hate Crime in BSL using InterpreterNow:

Stop Hate UK have produced information on reporting hate crimes in a range of different languages. To view this please click here

If you share your name and contact details with Stop Hate UK, they can refer you to support services. They can also, with your consent, share that information with the police so that they can take action, or they can share the incident with the police for information but not include your contact details.

You can also share your information with Stop Hate UK but ask them not to forward on that information to other services. If further incidents then happen, SHUK can add that to your original report to support evidence gathering.

Reporting hate crime is really important even if it is done so anonymously. Stop Hate UK shares information about hate crime in Newcastle with the City council and the police if the person reports consents to that information being shared.

Newcastle city Council and the Police need to know where and what incidents are happening so that interventions and action can be taken. It helps to give us an indication of emerging tensions or issues across the city.

In Newcastle we recognise the importance of identifying incidents of misogyny as a hate crime. Although this is not officially recognised as a hate crime, it can still be reported to Stop Hate UK.

Classifying misogyny as a hate crime means that hateful attitudes to women in society are being challenged and that women can feel that they are taken seriously. It helps to identify attitudes in our community and where women might feel vulnerable with the ultimate aim to prevent more serious cases of violence from taking place in the future.

While we have made every effort to source this information from reliable sources, NUSU is not responsible for any errors or omissions. The information on this webpage was last updated on 1.9.20. Since this update, local or national guidelines may have changed. Therefore any reliance you place on the information provided is at your own risk.