York is one of the safer student cities in the UK, but hate crime happens, as it does in all parts of the country. In rare cases, students and staff might meet people who use words or actions against them because they have a particular identity.
If this is because of race, religion or belief, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, then this is a hate crime or hate incident. This often happens because of prejudice or ignorance. If left unchallenged, this may result in further acts of intimidation or violence, against yourself or others.
If you have experienced or witnessed a hate incident or crime, report it.
It is very important that hate incidents are reported so that the Police get a picture of what is happening and can take targeted action. Citizen Advice has a good explanation about hate incidents and crime.
The Police want to know about incidents regardless of whether they are a crime or not. The Police will log the incident and take further steps, if required.
However, if you do not wish to report to the Police, then you can report to Stop Hate UK. It does not matter if the ‘characteristic’ is real or perceived.
If it is not an emergency, students can come to discuss their options with either the Welfare Adviser or International Student Support Adviser who are based in Holgate Student Centre. They will give students a confidential space to discuss their situation and offer information, advice and guidance on reporting incidents should they wish to. We would encourage students and staff who witness or hear about hate incidents, to inform our Welfare Adviser or International Student Support Adviser. This will help us keep a close watch on hate crime related incidents in our community. On receiving this information, they can liaise with our Police Community Support Officer, Naomi Harris, and the local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team. Staff can speak to a member of the Dignity and Respect Network.
If you would rather speak to an external person, a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) is available to listen to you. They can offer information and advice. They can also support you to report but they cannot take a statement. Visit the Student Advice Team to find out about the next drop-in session.
In an Emergency
- on a York St John site dial 4666 (security services).
- otherwise dial 999
- North Yorkshire Police dial 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stop Hate UK (24hr Helpline) 0800 138 1625 or visit their website.
- Stop LGB&T Hate Crime 0808 801 0661
For more information and to report online: North Yorkshire Police
If someone who has experienced a hostile incident, the most important thing that you can do – besides encouraging reporting of an incident – is to offer support: a listening ear and sympathy will help a great deal. Recovery from a hate crime takes, at least, twice as long compared to recovery from non-biased crimes. It will help reduce trauma if you:
- acknowledge that a hate incident has taken place,
- firmly state that the treatment they’ve experienced is not tolerated on our campus and in the city, and
- provide reassurance that no blame rests on the victim.
Jane Reynolds and Gemma Linfoot-King, Welfare Advisers: email@example.com
Ally Layton-Bennett, International Student Support Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellbeing team: email@example.com