Hate crime

Hate crimes and hate incidents are acts motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person because of who they are or who someone thinks they are.

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is an action or behaviour that is motivated by hostility towards a protected characteristic. These are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex and sexual orientation
  • marriage and civil partnership or
  • pregnancy and maternity.

Anyone can be a victim of hate crime. You do not have to be a member of the group the hostility is aimed at. For example, you could be called a religious slur without being a member of that religious group.

How to make a report

  • If you complete the Request Wellbeing Support form a wellbeing adviser will make contact with you to offer support and advise you about your options. This could include making a formal complaint to the University about unacceptable behaviour or reporting something to the police, but it doesn’t have to. The adviser can explain the options and possible outcomes, and help you decide what is right for you.
  • Report anonymously if you don't feel comfortable providing your details. We will know the incident has happened but will not be able to take any action.

Related resources and support

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