A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards an aspect of a person's identity or perceived identity, mainly involving race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. For more information on hate crimes, visit the Crown Prosecution Service North East website.
Report and Support
Students and staff can report an incident of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct using Sunderland Universities Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request to speak to a wellbeing advisor by filling in the form with your contact details.
Stop Hate UK
Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties.
0800 138 1625 - 24 hour helpline
07717 989 025 - Text
Victim Support is the national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected. They are not a government agency or part of the police and you don’t have to report a crime to the police to get their help. You can call any time after the crime has happened, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago.
SupportLine provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. The Helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. It is particularly aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at-risk groups and victims of any form of abuse.
True Vision: report hate crime online
The online reporting facility has been developed so that you can report hate crimes online, if you do not want to report directly to the police. The police take hate crime very seriously and will record and investigate this offence even if you do not want to give your details. However, you must note that the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Bureaus provide free, confidential and independent advice from over 3,000 locations including in bureaus, GP surgeries, hospitals, colleges, prisons and courts. Advice is available face-to-face and by telephone. Most bureaus offer home visits and some also provide email advice.
Visit the website at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ for details of your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
If you have information about people who commit hate crimes and do not want to talk to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously. You do not have to give your name, you will never have to give a statement to police or go to court.
Telephone: 0800 555 111 (free to call)
Equality Advisory Support Service
The EASS has a Helpline to give information and guidance on discrimination and human rights issues. The service is free and fully accessible by phone, email, fax, post, video link for those who wish use BSL and has access to advocacy services for those with mental ill health and people with a learning disability. Chat facilities will also be launched soon.
EASS helpline - 0808 800 0082
Textphone: 0808 800 0084
Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm
Saturday, 10am to 2pm