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Outreach Support Centre
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Hate Crime Reporting Centre
Durham Deafened Support is a Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime. What is Hate Crime? Please check out our page here.
Hate Crime Reporting Centre

What is hate crime?

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards the person's:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation

This can be committed against a person or property.

A victim does not have to be a member of the group which is the target of the hostility. In fact, anyone could be a victim of the crime.

Hate Incidents

Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and you can use Durham Deafened Support to report this, either in the Peterlee office or the Spennymoor resource centre.

Why should you report hate crime?

Hate crimes and incidents hurt, they can be confusing and frightening.

By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these from happening to someone else.  You will also help the police understand the extent of crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.

If a person is bullied as a result of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, this is also dealt with as either a hate crime or a non-crime hate incident. Bullying could include name-calling, being spat at or kicked, or having your things taken or damaged.