Hate Crime (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership of a certain social group, usually defined by racial group, religion, sexual orientation, disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, social status or political affiliation.

Hate Crime generally refers to criminal acts that are seen to have been motivated by bias against one or more of the types above. Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, or offensive graffiti or letters (hate mail).

New College Durham is a Third Party Reporting Centre.

Third Party Reporting Centres are safe, neutral places where people can report a Hate Crime as a victim, witness or third party without the having to visit a police station or have an officer call to see them.

Third Party Reporting encourages the reporting of Hate Crime by providing support for the victim through a partnership of relevant specialist agencies; it can be done without revealing the victim's personal details. Only with the victim's consent will police investigate the crime.

The benefits of Third Party Reporting are:

  • Victims will gain confidence and be encouraged to report crime
  • Agencies can identify appropriate support to best help victims
  • Provides a more accurate picture of Hate Crime, enabling police and other partners to respond more effectively through intelligence-led pro-active targeting
  • The safety and well-being of the victim will always be our first priority and only specially trained officers will investigate these crimes
Reporting Overview