What Is A Hate Crime?
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)
Hate crime can take many forms for example if someone assalted you and used homophobic language, or written racist graffiti on your property / where you live. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted; it's still a hate crime if someone makes a mistake about your identity (if you are assaulted because someone thinks your are Jewish, but you aren't. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
What Can I Do If I'm A Victim Of A Hate Crime?
- 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. See Keele University's Stop Hate UK reporting page.
What Can I Do If I Witness A Hate Crime?
- 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.
Hate Incident Vs Hate Crime
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:
- 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, or because you have a disabled child.
If you’ve experienced something that wasn’t a crime, but you think it was motivated by prejudice against you, it’s a hate incident.
If you experience more than one hate incident by the same person or group of people, it might count as harassment. Harassment can be a crime. For example, it might be harassment if someone on your street keeps shouting abuse at you.