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Standing together against hate crime

(4 March 2019)

We’ve pledged our support for a new campaign to tackle hate crime, titled ‘Hate Hurts’.

What’s the campaign about?

The Hate Hurts campaign will inform people about hate incidents, encourage victims and witnesses to report it and celebrate initiatives that promote tolerance and cohesion.

It is being led by the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner and include other local organisations.

Over coming weeks, you’ll start seeing ‘Hate Hurts’ posters and leaflets around the University. There will also be a social media campaign and a website, hatehurts.co.uk.

What is hate crime?

Hate crime describes a range of criminal behaviours committed against a person because of their actual or perceived disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or transgender identity.

It can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, both online and offline, and damage to property.

How is the University supporting the campaign?
As a university with links across the world, we welcome staff and students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities.

We aim to create an open and inclusive environment, where all members of our community feel safe and can achieve their full potential.

We’re part of the Joint Hate Crime Action Group for County Durham and Darlington and pleased to be supporting the Hate Hurts campaign.

Tackling religious-based hate crime and harassment

We’re currently working on a two-year project tackling religious and race-based hate crime. We’re finding out more about the experiences of our staff and students and students are helping us produce mechanisms to increase reporting, respond to reports and offer support.

For more information on this project, please click here.