If you think you or someone you know has experienced a hate crime, there is a variety of support options available to both students and staff.
- RVC’s Advice Centre offer emotional and practical support. This could include a referral for counselling or mental health support, signposting to specialist external resources and providing advice and support to co-ordinate any reasonable adjustments if your studies have been affected. For more information on the support we offer and to book an appointment please visit our Learn site or contact us on 020 8051 3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Chaplaincy: The College Chaplain has pastoral care and concern for all in College, students and staff alike, and is available to listen and talk in complete confidence about any concerns members of the College may have.
- Dignity at Work and Study Ambassador: An ambassador can talk through the University's procedures, discuss support available and in confidence explain how to resolve concerns informally and how to make a formal complaint. Further details can be found in the College’s Dignity at Work and Study Policy
- Care First - The College, in partnership with 'Care First', offers a counselling and advisory service to RVC employees as an additional source of workplace support
- Human Resources - If you are a member of staff or manager your HR partner will be able to identify the support that’s available for you. If appropriate this may include referring staff member to occupational health as a duty of care.
- Chaplaincy - The College Chaplain has pastoral care and concern for all in College, students and staff alike, and is available to listen and talk in complete confidence about any concerns members of the College may have.
- Trade Unions – If you are a member of a trade union, you can contact your trade union representative for support. The recognised trade unions within the College are UCU, UNISON and UNITE.
Other sources of support
- Citizens Advice provides some useful information on the different types of harassment and hate crime people may experience including disability hate crime, racist and religious hate crime, sexual harassment, and sexual orientation and transgender identity hate crime.
- True Vision offers guidance on reporting hate crime and hate incidents. If you do not wish to talk to anyone in person about the incident or wish to remain anonymous, there is an online form for reporting hate crime; you can report non-crime hate incidents to the police to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.
- LGBT Foundation has a number of groups covering a wide section of the LGBT community. They provide a safe and comfortable environment for people who may feel isolated, are coming out, or are new to the area.
- Mindline Trans+ is an emotional and mental health support helpline for anyone identifying as transgender, non-binary, genderfluid. We are also here to support family members, friends, colleagues and carers.
- Disability Equality NW runs the Developing from the Negatives Project (DFN) which aims to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime and encourage reporting.
- Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents.
- Community Security Trust (CS) helps those who are victims of anti-Semitic hatred, harassment or bias.
- Victim Support. When you report a crime to the police, they should automatically ask you if you would like help from an organisation like Victim Support. But anyone affected by crime can contact them directly – you don’t need to talk to the police to get Victim Support help.
- Stop Hate UK – provides support to victims of racism or any other hate crime
- Herts against Hate has been created to provide information about hate crime to people who live, work in or visit Hertfordshire.
- Ozanne Foundation - The Ozanne Foundation believes in a world where all are accepted and equally valued. They work with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender in order to celebrate the equality and diversity of all.
- OneBodyOneFaith - The oldest UK charity campaigning for full LGBT+ inclusion in churches, with resources and meetings. They also list 'visible spaces' which are LGBT+ inclusive faith spaces.
- Inclusive Church - A group that campaigns for churches inclusive of differences around disability, ethnicity, gender, mental health, poverty and sexuality, with educational resources. Inclusive Church also has a directory where you can search for inclusive churches nationwide.
- Student Christian Movement - SCM is a movement of Christian students, an ecumenical and inclusive community, fostering unity in diversity and exploring faith through worship, discussion and action. SCM resources Christian students with training materials, national gatherings, local support workers, and will help Christian Unions to live out a more inclusive faith.
- Inclusive Mosque Initiative is dedicated to creating places of worship and spiritual practice for marginalised communities, and to the promotion of inclusive Islamic principles.
- Naz and Matt Foundation - Their mission is to never let religion, any religion, come in the way of the unconditional love between parents and their children
- Stonewall have a comprehensive list of resources for a large variety of concerns on their website.
- Chrysalis is a charity supporting transgender and questioning people, their families and close friends
- Vetlife – Has resources and information on LGBT inclusion
- Switchboard the LGBT+ Helpline. We are a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional wellbeing.
- Black, African and Asian Therapy Network
- Chinese Mental Health Association
- The Internet Watch Foundation will investigate reports of incitement to racial hatred on websites hosted in the UK.