Ron Hogg, County Durham & Darlington Police, Crime & Victims’ Commissioner, has asked us to share this message with you.
You may be aware of a new campaign targeting Hate Crime across County Durham and Darlington, which has been covered extensively in local media in recent days. The multi-partner ‘Hate Hurts’ campaign aims to raise awareness and improve understanding of Hate Crime, explaining how to report it and encouraging everyone to play a part in reducing it.
The term Hate Crime can be used to describe a range of illegal criminal behaviours committed against someone else because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or some other perceived difference. It can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, both online and offline, and damage to property. The number of hate crimes reported to the Police has grown by around a quarter over the past four years with 517 crimes recorded across County Durham & Darlington in 2017-18. Read more in the Hate Hurts leaflet