Reporting Hate Crime
'SPEAK OUT' is a new initiative launched by Swansea Students' Union and our local Community Liaison Officer to tackle hate crime, with assistance from South Wales Police. The initiative is fully supported by the University and involved consultation from the Equal Opportunities Team.
The aim is to make it easier for people to report any incidents or crimes that they have experineced or witnessed.
What is hate crime?
Hate incidents and hate crime are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are.
Hate Crime is a crime targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's (perceived or actual):
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
The Equality Act 2010 protects individuals from being disriminated against on the grounds of their Protected Characteristics and we would encourage you to report all incidents of hate crime.
How can I report a hate crime?
In 2014, Swansea University, Gower College Swansea and Trinity St David's became third party reporting centres and can report a hate crime on your behalf.
At Swansea University, this is via through the Students' Union Advice Centre. To report a hate crime, please fill in the online reporting form, which will be sent to the Reporting Officer in the Students' Union Advice Centre who will then contact you for more information.
You can also call the police to report using 101 or 999 in an emergency. If you do not want to talk to the police or fill in the reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.