What support is available if I’ve experienced a hate crime?
If you think you or someone you know has experienced a hate crime, there is a variety of support options available to students.
Support at the University
- Request to Speak to an adviser on Report + Support. An advisor can talk through the University's procedures, inform you on how to make a complaint and let you know what support is available, in confidence.
- Residential Life. If you are a student in University Halls, all of the residences have Residential Assistants living in-house, who are senior students specially selected and trained for these roles. They are available weekday evenings and weekends if you wish to talk things through. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your Personal Tutor can support you with your studies and can put you in touch with services that can further support you.
- Counselling Service. The University’s team of professional counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health workers offers confidential support.
- The Disability Advisory Support Service. The University’s dedicated disability advisors can provide advice, guidance, and support to students on a range of practical adjustments to your work or studies.
- Mitigating Circumstances. If you feel your studies have been affected by what has happened, you can consider applying for mitigating circumstances.
Other sources of support:
- Citizens Advice provides some useful information on the different types of harassment and hate crime people may experience including disability hate crime, racist and religious hate crime, sexual harassment, and sexual orientation and transgender identity hate crime.
- True Vision offers guidance on reporting hate crime and hate incidents. If you do not wish to talk to anyone in person about the incident or wish to remain anonymous, there is an online form for reporting hate crime; you can report non-crime hate incidents to the police to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.
- LGBT Foundation has a number of groups covering a wide section of the LGBT community. They provide a safe and comfortable environment for people who may feel isolated, are coming out, or are new to the area.
- Disability Equality NW runs the Developing from the Negatives Project (DFN) which aims to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime and encourage reporting.
- Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents.
- Community Security Trust (CST) helps those who are victims of anti-Semitic hatred, harassment or bias.
- Victim Support. When you report a crime to the police, they should automatically ask you if you would like help from an organisation like Victim Support. But anyone affected by crime can contact them directly – you don’t need to talk to the police to get Victim Support help.