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Queer Editorial

stophate19.jpg Reporting hate crimes

If you want to report homophobic or transphobic hate crimes (or, indeed, racist abuse or attacks because of disability) then you should know there is somewhere you can do so.

Nobody should suffer because of who they are and nobody should have to put up with it. You can do something about it. Some types of incident, such as verbal abuse and threats are obvious. Other examples, such as damage to your property, bullying or rude gestures are harder to identify. If you believe you have experienced a hate incident, even if you have no proof, then report it. You can report a hate incident whether it’s about you, someone else or something you’ve seen. You can report anonymously or have your details passed onto the police so that action can be taken or to local services who can provide you support. In an emergency always call 999. In Newcastle hate incidents and hate crimes can be reported through Stop Hate UK. They provide independent and confidential hate crime reporting services for Newcastle and are available 24 hours a day. You can call them on 0800 138 1625. You can also chat on the web: stophateuk.org/talk-to-us (you can chat live to one of their operators. Please note that it may take a few minutes to connect to an operator). There is also email (talk@stophateuk.org); text (07717 989 025) or text relay (18001 0800 138 1625). You can also find an online form from the Stop Hate website (above) and they also have a postal address: PO Box 851, Leeds, LS1 9QS.