Subjecting someone to abusive language, behaviour or unwanted contact either directly, via a third party or on-line can be bullying or harassment and may be a criminal offence. If the abusive language or behaviour is linked to someone’s age, disability, sex, race, sexuality, religion or “protected characteristic” under the Equalities Act it may be hate crime.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
Further support from external services:
For further information on hate crime and harassment, you can also take a look at Southampton City Councils website.
Solent is taking a lead in the implementation of the Bystander Initiative. This programme of student and staff development, recently funded by Public Health England and developed by the University of the West of England, is an evidence-based educational programme that develops and empowers students and staff to act as active bystanders and prosocial citizens in order to intervene and prevent unwanted sexual contact, sexual violence and domestic abuse in higher education settings.