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Hate Crimes

Support for hate-based incidents


At Keele, hate crime, incidents and microagressions are #NeverOK

Hate crime is defined as a criminal offence committed against a person or their property that is motivated by hatred of someone because of their:

  • Race, colour, ethnicity or nationality 
  • Religion or beliefs
  • Gender or sexuality identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability (including disability due to ill mental health)
  • Age

Hate crime can take many forms and can include physical attacks, damage to property, theft, offensive graffiti, threats, intimidation and bullying. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime. 


Hate Crime or Hate Incident?

Something is a hate incident if the victim or anyone else thinks it was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things:

  • disability
  • race
  • religion
  • transgender identity
  • sexual orientation.

Anyone can be the victim of a hate incident. For example, you may have been targeted because someone thought you were gay even though you’re not, or because you have a disabled child.

  • Get help immediately 
  • In an emergency, dial 999 or 112, or contact campus security on 01782 733 004
  • Make as much noise as you can to alert others
  • As soon as you can, go somewhere you know is safe
  • If you have been attacked and want to report to the police, don't shower or change your clothes as this may destroy evidence
  • If you are comfortable, tell the police why you think you were attacked
  • If you have had your keys taken, ensure you change the locks
  • If you are not confident telling the police, there are other reporting systems available.

USAH (Uniting Staffordshire Against Hate) is a hate-crime reporting and support service. It is a free and confidential support service providing information and emotional and practical support to all victims of Hate driven crime or incidents, who either live in Staffordshire or were targeted when visiting the area on more than two occasions.

You can contact their Victim Gateway service by calling  0330 0881 339 or you can complete a self-referral form.

  • Call 999 or 112 
  • Let the police know what you've seen. Don't assume others will come forward. Many crucial witnesses walk away assuming others will report it.
  • Stay safe and alert.
  • Don't physically intervene - you could get hurt yourself.
  • If it is safe to do so, take a photograph or video on your mobile phone.
  • Record details of times, number plates, and descriptions. If you don't have a pen with you, leave a voice message on your mobile phone or write a draft text message. As soon as you have a pen and paper, write everything you saw and heard with as much detail as possible. 

Disability Rights UK: Stop Disability Hate Crime

Equality Advisory Support Service: Do you need advice?

Stonewall (campaigning for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality): Hate crime information

Stop Hate UK: Hate Crime Campaign Materials

TellMAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim attacks): Resources to counter Islamophobia

TrueVision (official UK Police-linked organisation for reporting and providing information on hate crime): What is hate crime?