HATE CRIME IS:
Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate, based on a person’s race, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability or gender. Or a person’s perceived race, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability or gender.
Hate CRIME CAN BE:
Physical violence and assault, verbal abuse, obscene calls or text, offensive mail, email or graffiti. It can be damage to property, arson, dumping of rubbish, or offensive or dangerous substances posted through letterboxes.
Remember that if you are ever a victim of hate crime, then please do report it to the appropriate authority, be that the Police, the University, or one of the many Third Party Reporting Centres in Southampton.
Reporting to the Police
In emergencies, it is crucial that you call the Police on 999. The non-emergency number for your police force is 101. If you report a case to the police, you should expect:
- To be seen, in most cases by a police officer who will record your statement
- To be treated fairly and with respect at all times
- To be kept informed of what is going on throughout the case
- That the incident will be investigated professionally
- You will be contacted by the officer in the case
- You will be informed of the outcome of the investigation
- The chance to give the police feedback on their performance
- To be contacted by victim support, if you wish
- To be told by the police if someone is charged with the offence
- To be told by the CPS if the charge is dropped or downgraded
- To be given advice about applying for compensation
Third Party Reporting Centre?
Professionals from across different sector admit that they believe hate crimes of all types are underreported. It can often be a daunting process if you feel as though you have to directly report your experiences to the police, which is okay.
Third Party Reporting Centres provide you with an alternative way of reporting hate crimes, as well as providing with information, confidential advice, help reporting incidents and fully support you along the way! You even have the option of being totally anonymous in the reporting if you’d prefer, with there being no pressure on you having any contact with the police at all.
Partnership working has led to the setting up of 35 Third Party Reporting Centres across Hampshire and the Isle of White.
The nearest Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre to Solent University is The Edge & The Box Bar.
Why you should report it?
Hate Crime can be a civil and/or a criminal offence! There are a wide range of civil and criminal powers which make direct reference to incidents of Hate Crime or Harassment, with other acts can be used to deal with nuisance Harassment where prejudice cannot be shown.
Hate Crime Myths
It happens too often to report each one
Each and every hate incident and hate crime is one too many. The Police want to hear every time you are a victim. Each offence will be logged and will receive a police response.
If I report it to the police it will get worse
As with any victim of crime, the Police will offer support to ensure that offenders can't go on targeting you. In many cases, once people understand the way their behaviour is impacting on others it helps them to change their ways.
If someone is victimising you then the chances are they are doing it to other people too. If everyone fails to report such behaviours then they will continue to do it. Your report could be all it takes for us to tackle their behaviour.
I'll have to go to court
The ideal outcome to any report of a hate incident or hate crime is a resolution that fits the crime and satisfies the victim. All hate crime investigations are victim-focused and we will work with you to decide the best course of action. If you don't want to take legal action there are alternative options available such as community resolutions.
Unfortunately, sometimes there is no option but to go to court if you want to see an offender brought to justice and prevent other people being victimised. If this is the case then the Crown Prosecution Service is committed to supporting you and making giving evidence as easy as possible.
I didn't think it was serious enough to report it
There's no such thing as a minor hate incident or hate crime. Offenders target people because of who they are; something that makes them unique. This is wrong and we will respond. Report it
Myths provided by https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/17015/Hate-crime-myths
Hate Crime on Campus
Solent University and aims to foster a community with a culture of mutual trust, fairness, harmony and respect devoid of hatred and intolerance. It is committed to the elimination of both direct and indirect discrimination and will take appropriate decisive action wherever possible to enforce this commitment.
Homophobic Hate Crime
- 1 in 4 LGBT people had experienced physical assault as a part of a hate crime
- In 2016/17 at least 9,157 hate crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation were recorded by UK Police forces
Disability Hate Crime
- There were 5,558 recorded cases of disability hate crime in 2016/17
Religious Hate Crime
- 5,949 religious hate crimes were recorded by UK Police forces in 2016/17
Racist Hate Crime
- In 2016/17, 62,685 racially motivated hate crimes were recorded by UK Police forces
- The number of race hate crimes increased by 27 percent between 2015/16 and 2016/17