Chester Students’ Union Advice Centre, in conjunction with Cheshire Police has become a Hate Crime Reporting Centre. Students can contact the Advice Centre to report a crime, seek confidential advice or just talk to an Advisor in confidence.
A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice because of a victim's:
- Gender identity
Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms and may not necessarily be physical violence. It can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property
A hate incident is an incident that does not constitute a criminal offence but causes alarm, distress or harassment where the victim has been targeted because of their protected characteristics.
If a hate crime happens to you or you witness it happening to someone else, it is important that you report it.
By reporting hate crimes, it allows the police to investigate and stop it escalating. They can also use that information to better understand the level of hate crime in your area and improve how they respond to it.
You can report it anonymously, if you don’t feel able to give your details.
There are lots of ways that you can report a hate crime:
Directly to the Police. Call 999 if it is an emergency or you are in danger. Otherwise, call 101 at any other time or visit your local police station.
Online. If you do not wish to report a hate crime directly to the police, you can report it online at www.report-it.org.uk.
At the Students' Union. The Students' Union's Advice Centre is a third party reporting centre, whereby trained staff can talk you through reporting a hate crime, report a hate crime on your behalf and provide you with advice and support.
Cheshire CARES (Cope and Recovery Enhanced Service) is a dedicated service providing free support to all victims of crime in Cheshire, including victims of hate crime.
You can contact them by:
- Telephone: 01606 36 6336
- Email: email@example.com
- Referral by Cheshire Constabulary or a partner agency.
Cheshire CARES is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. The service is available seven days a week excluding bank holidays.