In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Standing Together Team are currently providing remote support to students until further notice.
We are aware that many people will be at greater risk of abuse during the lockdown period and that many may be feeling unsafe isolating in a house at this time. If you are concerned about someone you know or if you are living with an abusive person, please download the free The Bright Sky app which enables users to locate their nearest support services by searching their area, postcode or current location. Please only download this app if it is safe to do so and you are sure that your mobile phone is not being monitored.
What is a Hate Crime or Hate Incident?
If you've ever been abused, assaulted or intimidated because of who you are, you may have been the victim of a hate crime or hate incident.
A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of your:
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- or any other perceived difference.
If someone does something that isn’t a criminal offence but you believe it was motivated by prejudice or hostility, this is a ‘hate incident’. Though what the perpetrator has done may not be against the law, their reasons for doing it are.
Hate incidents such as being called an abusive name or sent an offensive message online can be just as serious and upsetting as hate crimes and, as a University, we will take these seriously.
Immediate and Ongoing Support
If you are on campus, or in a University building and would like support, please contact our Security Service on 0116 252 2888 who are available all day, every day. If you are in need of urgent NHS Mental Health Support you should call the 24-hour Central Access Point on 0116 295 3060. If it’s a life-threatening emergency or you need immediate help please call 999.
Students and staff can disclose an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can leave your email address to seek further support from Student Support.
- In addition to the University’s Student Support Services; Welfare, Wellbeing and AccessAbility, and the Students’ Union Advice Service, the Standing Together team can offer practical support and guidance in relation to unacceptable behaviours. Our work involves supporting students on a 1:1 basis, and providing holistic support options and referrals, where relevant. After an initial needs and risk assessment, we can provide students with options in relation to reporting and support – including those detailed above and below. We can also support students in accessing services and coordinating this. In order to access this support, please leave your contact email address when completing the online disclosure form. For more information, please visit the campaigns tab of this system.
For more information about University and Students’ Union support, please see: www.le.ac.uk/wellbeing
- Consider whether there are any practical implications of what’s happened/ is happening e.g. you could consider submitting a mitigating circumstances request if your studies have been, or are affected, and/ or you may have financial or accommodation related concerns. You can contact the Welfare team on firstname.lastname@example.org and seek support, without having to disclose any specific details about the incident(s) itself.
- Victim First are an independent and confidential service that support victims through their journey of recovery. They can support you coping with the after effects of crime and help with reporting to the police.
- Galop provides emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people. They are able to give independent advice to those who have experienced violence, threats, intimidation and/or insults due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Call 0800 999 5428 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday (open until 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays).
- Stamp It Out is a project bringing together different partners and organisations who are all committed to challenging, tackling and stamping out hate within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and working together to encourage the reporting of hate crime and incidents.
- The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network: https://www.baatn.org.uk/free-services
For more information about hate crime, please visit the Leicestershire police advice and information webpage.
For further information about other reporting and support options, please visit the need help pages on our website.
Free training available to all here: http://www.centreforhatestudies.com