We are a registered Hate Crime Reporting Service. This means that we are specially trained to support people in the reporting of a hate crime or hate incident, all with complete confidentiality.
Support to Report
Here are the ways that we can support you to report a hate crime or incident:
You can book an appointment to talk to us. This can be face-to-face, by phone or Skype – please ring our JMSU reception on 0151 231 4900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can use our online booking system, here. For this appointment if you would like to bring a friend or family member for support you are more than welcome to.
You can also report it through:
Merseyside Police – 101 for non-emergencies or their online form.
Or if the situation is an emergency or there is a risk to your safety call 999, for a police response.
Know your Rights
What is a hate crime or hate incident?
A hate crime or incident is any incident, that may or may not be a criminal offence, that is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate based on parts of your personal identity. These can include disability (including learning disabilities), race/ethnicity, religion or belief (including no belief), sexual orientation, gender identity.
What could count as a hate crime?
Hate crime can take many forms, including:
Verbal abuse or insults, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying in the school or workplace
Threat of attack - including offensive letters, abusive obscene telephone calls and offensive comments on social networking sites
Physical attack - such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disuputes and arson.
So called 'mate crime' could also come under Hate Crime. 'Mate crime' is when somebody befriends a vulnerable person to take advantage of that vulnerability
Why should I report it?
It is important to report hate crime to ensure that the police force can track where the ‘hotspots’ are so that area can be focused on. There is a lack or reporting in relation to all hate crimes, with research showing that there are higher levels of hate crime taking place than reported.
You can report hate crime anonymously, this would be through Stop Hate UK: you do not have to provide any personal details. This will create a record, which will be forwarded to the police.
Reporting as a witness
If you witness a hate crime of hate incident, you may not feel able to step in at the time. You can report the incident; this would be through Stop Hate UK
How do I report it?
There are four main ways to report a hate crime or hate incident:
Do I have to tell the university and my personal tutor?
You do not have to tell the university or your personal tutor. However, if the perpetrator is also an LJMU Student you may wish to submit a compliant about them. If you would like further information on this, please do not hesitate to book an appointment with our Advice Service.
You may want further mental health support, which can be provided by Student Advice and Wellbeing
If you have any assessments coming up you may be able to have an extension or put in an Extenuating Circumstances form.
Do I have to tell my family?
You do not have to tell your family that you have face hate crime; however, they may be able to provide you with support.
Will I get into any trouble?
You will not get into trouble for reporting a hate crime.
Will the police be involved?
The police will only be involved if you have not reported the hate crime anonymously. In Merseyside, we have a specialist hate crime team called the Sigma team, they are specially trained officers in the investigation of hate crime and hate incidence.
How will my safety be ensured?
You will be able to discuss what option you have to ensure your safety with the police. We at JMSU are not able to personally ensure your safety, though we can take you through different ways to make you feel safe.
How will the information be used?
If you are using JMSU Advice to report a hate crime we will store information on the advice we have given you. This is confidential and will not be shared with anyone without your consent.
Information provided through Stop Hate UK and directly to the police will be used to provide support, and possible prosecution (if you have consented to your details being passed on). Where the hate crime has been reported anonymously then situation will be used to inform the police as to where they need to focus.
In Liverpool there are two specialist charities that support people who need additional support around the impacts of hate crime. These are: