Film release - Hate relationships: New understandings of hate crime

Our new film was released at a very successful event on 12 November launching the report by Durham and Northumbria Universities on their new concept of ‘hate relationships’. The film is based on their research, conducted in partnership with Connected Voice’s Hate Crime Advocacy Service.

When we think of hate crime we think of strangers physically attacking somebody because of their race, religion, disability, sexuality or transgender identity. This research suggests a new way of thinking about some experiences of hate where:

  • the perpetrators live near and are known to those they target
  • there are repeated experiences of hate that are not all physical violence
  • the impacts for those targeted are profound for their physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • victims and their families feel entrapped and isolated.

Speakers at the event, which was part of the Economic and Social Research Council Social Science Festival, included:

  • Sherene Meir and Jane Kingston described how our Hate Crime Advocacy Service supports those experiencing hate relationships
  • Professor Catherine Donovan (Durham University) and Dr John Clayton (Northumbria University) detailed the hate relationship concept, their research findings and recommendations
  • Kim McGuinness (Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner) talked about her commitment to victims of hate crime and funding our unique Hate Crime Advocacy Service.

Participants at the event pledged to work together to stop hate relationships and we ask you to join us in at least one of the following:

  • Find out more about Hate Relationships (see links below)
  • Share the findings of the research with others
  • Adopt the term Hate Relationship and use it as a category for dealing with incidents if appropriate to your practice (e.g. in housing, health and criminal justice sectors
  • Join the dots (recognise individual incidents as connected and ongoing and recognise the institutional, geographical and structural contexts through which hate is reproduced and experienced)
  • Refer victims to our Hate Crime Advocacy Service where appropriate
  • Encourage victims of Hate Relationships to recognise and report them
  • Become a Hate Crime champion where you work and/or live by committing to do some of the above actions

Read the report Exploring ‘hate relationships’ through Connected Voice’s Hate Crime Advocacy Service


Watch the film Hate relationships: New understandings of hate crime