Nobody should have to live with the fear and anxiety that hate crime can cause.

'Hate incidents' and 'hate crimes' are terms used to describe acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are.  They are motivated by hostility or prejudice based on:
  • disability
  • race
  • religion
  • transgender identity, or sexual orientation
This can be an incident against a person or against property and includes materials posted online.  Greater Manchester Police now recognises alternative sub-culture hate incidents. These are incidents based on someone’s appearance and include Goths, Emos, Punks and other similar groups. This means they will also record any such incidents as a hate incident.

Hate Incidents
Some examples of hate incidents include:
  • verbal abuse like name-calling and offensive jokes 
  • harassment 
  • bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers 
  • physical attacks such as hitting, punching, pushing, spitting 
  • threats of violence 
  • arson 
  • throwing rubbish into a garden   | 
  • hoax calls, abusive phone or text messages, hate mail 
  • online abuse, for example on Facebook or Twitter 
  • displaying or circulating discriminatory literature or posters 
  • harm or damage to things such as your home, pet, or vehicle 
  • graffiti
  • malicious complaints, for example over parking, smells or noise  
Hate Crime
When hate incidents become criminal offences they are known as hate crimes.  A criminal offence is something that breaks the law.  Some examples of hate crimes include:
  • assaults
  • criminal damage
  • sexual assault 
  • burglary 
  • hate mail 
  • harassment 
  • murder 
  • theft 
  • fraud
  • harassment
If you think someone you know is being bullied or harassed there are lots of ways in which you can help them. 

Listen and Believe
  • Listen. If someone discloses they are experiencing bullying or harassment, listen to their experience, please don’t judge them. It would be great if you show them compassion and empathy.  Listening can be a massive help. 
  • Believe. Just let them explain what happened and how they are feeling. Don’t ask lost of questions reinforcing you believe what they are saying.  
  • Reassure. Tell them that no one, has the right to hurt them and that no matter what, it is not their fault that this occurred.
  • Give Options. Ask them what they want to do next and give them some options (outlined below)

Signpost them to University support services for students

Report and Support is a disclosure site, which allow students to inform the University of incidents including hate crime.
Students and staff can report anonymously, or can request to speak to an advisor who is a trained member of the Student Welfare team to discuss their disclosure and options, this will be in line with University's privacy statement and does not instigate the start of formal complaint. Our Counselling, Mental Health, and Wellbeing Service is also available if a student needs support with their mental health or wellbeing. 

External support

In an emergency contact the police on 999, or if the situation is a non-emergency, you can report a hate crime via True Vision. This is the choice of the person experiencing the incident.

If mental health support is needed, SHOUT provides text-based crisis support. Text SHOUT to 85258. You can also call the Greater Manchester NHS Mental Health Helpline, available 24/7 on 0800 953 0285.

Other sources of support include:
Anthony Walker Foundation – education and support services around racial hate crime - 0151 237 3974
GALOP – support for LGBT+ individuals who have experienced hate crime, sexual abuse, and domestic abuse - 0800 999 5428
Sophie Lancaster Foundation - campaign against hate crime -  01706 216969
Stop Hate UK – 24 hour helpline and app
Tell MAMA – support for individuals who have experienced Anti-Muslim hate and discrimination – 0800 456 1226
Citizens advice - for advice if you're being harassed or bullied at work

There are two ways you can tell us what happened