If you think someone you know has experienced a hate crime there are lots of ways in which you can help them.
Taking time to understand what constitutes discrimination which may inform your next steps. If you feel you can talk to them about what you have seen, they may be able to describe what has been happening and how it has made them feel. You can learn more about the University’s beliefs, and expectations of students, surrounding diversity and inclusion.
- Talk to them - If you feel able, talking things over can sometimes be a big help.
- Listen - Stay calm, be empathetic and show your concern. Try to listen without judging or directing.
- Give options - When they have finished talking ask them if they are okay to talk through some possible options and next steps. Allow the individual to stay in control of the conversation and of their decisions.
- Is this a situation that could be resolved without intervention? For instance, talking to the person who is discriminating against them. They should only do this if they feel safe and confident to do so.
- Make sure you look after yourself and if you need support ask for it.
Find out more about support options both within and outside of the University for dealing with discrimination.
- Reporting to the University - You can chose to report with your contact details or anonymously using the buttons below.
- Reporting to the police - If they're thinking of reporting to the police, Victim Support has produced information on how this process may work, and what to expect.
- Reporting to Crime Stoppers anonymously - You can call crime stoppers at any point on 0800 555 111 or use the Crimestoppers online form.