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New understandings of hate crime: Hate Relationships and their implications for policy and practice

What’s on offer?

Join us to explore how we work together to respond to Hate Relationships:

  • Summary of the new Hate Relationship concept
  • Hate Crime Advocacy Service-users: experiences and impact of hate relationships
  • Hate Crime Advocate: what is advocacy and how it helps
  • Kim McGuinness, Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner: funding the innovative Hate Crime Advocacy Service
  • Catherine Donovan and Stephen Macdonald (University of Durham) and John Clayton (Northumbria University): Re-thinking repeat reports of hate crime/incidents as Hate Relationships based on coercive control
  • Panel and discussion: gaps and opportunities
  • Call to action: the way forward

What’s it about?

This event will explore new evidence demonstrating how the experience of repeated hate-motivated incidents can impact victims in a similar manner to those who are victims of coercive control in domestic abuse.

People who experience repeated hate-motivated incidents are usually targeted by neighbours or people who live close-by. Often their experiences are below the crime threshold or are difficult to evidence, meaning that support from help providers is not always possible. Quite often the only way to escape these behaviours is to move home, whilst the perpetrator(s) are rarely called to account for their behaviours. For those who are experiencing these behaviours on a regular basis, the effects on their mental health can be significant, generating feelings of entrapment, isolation and despair.

Who’s leading the event?

Professor Catherine Donovan, (Department of Sociology, Durham University)

Dr John Clayton (Geography, Northumbria University)

Professor Stephen Macdonald, (Department of Sociology, Durham University)

Connected Voice Hate Crime Advocacy Service (CVHCAS)

Kim McGuinness, Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner

Open to

This event will be of interest to anybody who would like to better understand hate crime and its effects, such as those working in the police, housing, health, local council, adult safeguarding, members of local hate crime and community tensions groups and members of the public.


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