Did you know that your Students’ Union is a third party reporting centre for Hate Crime? We work with Nottinghamshire Police and True Vision to provide a confidential and free service where you can get the support you need.
A hate crime is any incident where someone is targeted because of their identity. Hate crime can take any shape and isn't always illegal behaviour, but it is always motivated by prejudice, often in the following areas:
It can disguise itself under many different names (homophobia, Islamophobia or racism to name a few) but, whichever name it's taking, it's still wrong and we can take action against offenders. All hate crime is serious: everyone has the right to live their life without fear of prejudice, discrimination and hate.
Some hate crimes are obvious, such as openly racist attacks. Others are less obvious, such as name-calling, teasing and bullying. Some are aimed at whole communities, some are targeted at individuals. Some involve attacks on people or attacks on buildings. The important thing is that, if it's happening because of who you are, then it needs reporting.
Different to a hate crime, a hate incident is not a crime but an act committed because of hostility or prejudice towards a person based on the same categories as above.
A hate crime or hate incident can take many forms including, but not limited to:
1. Physical attacks: such as offensive graffiti; threat of attacks including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls; intimidating behaviour including gangs hanging around; and unfounded, malicious complaints.
2. Verbal attacks: offensive leaflets and posters; abusive gestures; bullying at school or in the workplace.
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If you wish to seek support independently below are some useful services which can help.
The process of talking through what has happened with someone else can help to determine what action to take to stop it happening as well as provide useful support.
There are many services that might be able to offer help and guidance:
Reporting incidents is crucial as the police need accurate reporting and statistics so that they know the hot spots for this type of crime. Even anonymous reports can help focus police resources to tackle the issue and we urge students to come forward for support if they are a victim or witnessed an incident.
True Vision is a police funded website designed to provide information and support on Hate Crime. It the ability for third party organisations to report incidents or crimes.
A free and confidential service available to all victims of crime and antisocial behaviour across Nottinghamshire.
Phone: 0115 934 2605
Students can access NTSU’s Advice service to have help reporting a crime, seek confidential advice, or just talk to an advisor in confidence whilst working out their next step.
Phone: 0115 8486260
Student can access the university student services to find additional information & support for any concerns they may have.
HEFCE Hate Crime Officer contact: firstname.lastname@example.org