Hate Crime

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A crime committed against a member of a particular group, motivated by a prejudice against that particular group
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Diana Fawcett, Chief Officer at independent charity Victim Support said: "Hate crime is any attack on a person because of an aspect of their identity and it can have a particularly devastating impact on victims as it's such a personal attack.
Figures for between April 2015 to March 2018 show 377 reports of hate crime to police in 2015/16, 402 in 2016/17, and 404 in 2017/18.
It will tackle hate crime by setting up a group to identify it and advise on the support available to victims.
All types of hate crime, including disability, sexual orientation and race, increased across the county with the overall number rising by 10% from 1,673 offences in 2016/17 to 1,849 in 2017/18.
Data from the Home Office shows that the sharpest rise was in religious hate crime, which rose by 40% from 5,949 in 2016/17.
The call has come as National Hate Crime AwarenessWeek got underway this week and runs until October 20.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs until Saturday.
The Home Office said the increase in hate crime was largely driven by improvements in the way police record hate crime.
The Home Office and the Ministry for Communities, Housing and Local Government on Tuesday published an update to the Hate Crime Action Plan.
The resource, a pilot approach in West Yorkshire set to be rolled out across the country, provides guidance to support workers on how to have conversations with people with disabilities explaining what a hate crime is in easy-to-understand language.
In response, the Safe Newcastle Board has agreed in principle to commission charity Stop Hate UK to develop a more effective hate crime reporting system for the city that will also allow victims to make reports online or via email, as well as providing access to specialist support.