National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NHCAW) will run from 14th-21st October 2023. This marks a national week of action to encourage local authorities, stake holders and communities affected by hate crime to work in collaboration to address local hate crime issues.

What is a hate crime?

Hate crimes encompass criminal acts directed at an individual due to animosity or bias, which can stem from factors such as: 

•         disability 
•         race, ethnicity or nationality
•         religion, faith or lack of
•         sexual orientation 
•         transgender identity

These offenses can be perpetrated against either a person or property. It's important to note that anyone could potentially become a victim of a hate crime, regardless of whether they belong to the group toward which the hostility is directed.

What is a hate incident?

A hate incident is an incident or event in which a person is targeted or subjected to offensive behaviour, harassment, or hostility due to their perceived race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or transgender identity. Unlike a hate crime, a hate incident may not necessarily involve a criminal offense, but it is still a harmful and hurtful act that can cause distress and create a hostile environment for the targeted individual or group. Hate incidents are often considered as precursors to hate crimes and can contribute to the escalation of hostility and tension within a community. It's important to report hate incidents to appropriate authorities or organisations so that they can be addressed and monitored to prevent further escalation or harm.

Where to get support and help?

If you have experienced a hate incident or crime you can disclose it using our Report + Support tool. We also have a webpage outlining the support available for anyone who has experienced a hate incident or crime.

The University of Greenwich is committed to doing all we can to prevent and support those impacted by a hate incident or crime. The Report + Support team will be running a session Thursday 19th of October 2023 with an overview of the service; how to disclose an incident and the support available. Please complete the Registration Form to enrol. 


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