Hate Crime Reporting

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We're here to provide advice and support for anyone who experiences a hate crime.

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived;

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender identity
  • Disability

Examples of hate crime can include;

  • Physical abuse or violence
  • Verbal abuse or threats
  • Sexual abuse
  • Offensive calls or texts
  • Written/printed abuse (including offensive mail or email)
  • Indirect attacks
  • Harassment, exclusion or isolation
  • Damage to property
  • Online abuse

A hate incident is recorded when someone is discriminated against because of any of the above listed characteristics, but a criminal offence has not been committed. The police also monitor hate incidents.

Hate incidents could include: Not allowing someone to enter a club because of their ethnicity, laughing at homophobic jokes, or refusing to let someone with a disability sit next to you. Just because a crime has not been committed does not mean the behaviour is acceptable, and the police still record and investigate hate incidents. In many cases hate incidents can turn into hate crime. For example, bullying can become the criminal offence of harassment.

Your Students' Union does not tolerate any form of abuse or discrimination based on a person's race, disability, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity. And therefore...

Hertfordshire Students' Union Advice and Support Centre is now registered as a Third-Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime.

Research consistently shows that hate crimes and incidents are more under-reported than other crime. Many people, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to report crime directly to the police and Third-party reporting is a way to overcome this.

Hertfordshire Students' Union Advice and Support Centre has agreed to make reports to the police on behalf of victims who do not want to go directly to the police. We will provide a supportive, positive and confidential environment for hate crime victims to make a report. You can remain anonymous if you wish, and you don’t need to have contact with the police if you don’t want to.

For further information, please contact the team via e-mailing advice@hertfordshire.su. Advisers are available from 10:00-16:00, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays and University closed days).

If you wish to report the hate crime or incident online yourself, you can also do so here. And if you want more information or support with regards to hate crime you can visit: www.HertsAgainstHate.org