Hate crime - it happened to someone I know
Any form of hate crime is never okay. We condemn unacceptable behaviour, including all forms of harassment under the Equality Act 2010 and hate crime under the law.
If you know someone who has been affected by harassment, you are not alone, support is available.
What is hate crime?
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 disability or perceived disability; race or perceived race; or religion or perceived religion; or sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation or transgender identity or perceived transgender identity.
Examples of hate crime include, but are not limited to:
- Physical assault
- Verbal abuse, threats or name calling
- Incitement to hatred, when someone acts in a way that is threatening and intended to stir up hated. This could be in words, pictures, videos, music and includes information on websites.
What can you do?
Talk - If someone you know has been affected, you can encourage them to seek support. Alternatively you make an anonymous disclosure which will allow us to investigate if there are multiple instances in one area.
Find out more:
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provides further information on unlawful harassment
Seek Support - There are a number of specialist organisations that provide specialist support, including counselling for those affected by harassment. You could encourage your colleague to reach out to such support.
A list of organisations can be found in the Cause for Concern Policy - Appendix H