FOLLOWING the EU Referendum last month, the UK has seen a worrying increase in the number of hate crimes being reported.
Hate crimes are any crimes targeted at an individual because of their:
- Disability (including learning disability)
- Gender identity or transgender status
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Alternative sub-culture
Hopefully, most people will never experience hate crime. However, if you do, it is vital that you report it to ensure that the police understand levels of hate crime and are able to improve the way they respond to it.
Hate crimes can be reported in several ways:
- Contact the police by phoning 101 (always phone 999 in an emergency)
- Report online via the True Vision website.
- Via a third-party reporting centre. To find your nearest centre, click here.
Manchester Met is committed to ensuring that all members of staff are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their: age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, sex, or family situation. As such, the university deals with accusations of bullying and harassment seriously, in line with the Dignity at Work policy.
If you feel you have experienced any form of bullying and harassment, including hate crimes, there are several people you can talk to:
- Contact your HR Advisor
- Contact your Trade Union representative
- Contact the Diversity Champion for your faculty or service area. The full list of champions can be found here
- Contact the Equality and Diversity team
The university also has a free, independent and confidential counselling and wellbeing service, Optum [livewell.optum.com]. You can speak in confidence with a trained advisor (both face-to-face and via telephone) about any issue, including hate crimes. To access the service, call 0800 282 193, or visit www.livewell.optum.com, entering the code ‘manchester’ when prompted.