Hate crime reporting

If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime or hate incident then Goldsmiths can help you report it to the police or local authority.

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Reporting it

If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime or hate incident and want to tell the police, the quickest way to report a hate crime is by contacting the Metropolitan Police on 101 or completing an online report here.

You can report by giving your personal details or by doing so anonymously. Unless you state otherwise, your report will be passed on to the police.

Please be aware that Goldsmiths will not be responsible for determining the circumstances of the report, the investigation of the report, or the gathering of evidence in relation to the report. 

You can also report a hate crime using our Report and Support system.

If you believe it is an emergency situation where someone is in immediate danger you should contact the police by calling 999.


If you are a student at Goldsmiths reporting a hate crime or hate incident, we will be able to signpost you to support from internal and external support services if appropriate.

This may include referring you to:

If you are a member of staff reporting a hate crime or hate incident, we will be able to refer you to the Staff Assistance Programme if appropriate.

If you are a member of the public reporting a hate crime or hate incident our staff will be able to signpost you to appropriate local groups and services for support. These include:

  • Lewisham Improving Access to Psychological Therapy, a scheme funded by the NHS offering free, confidential psychological support
  • Victim Support, an independent charity offering free, confidential support to people affected by crime and traumatic incidents
  • The Cassel Centre, which provides counselling services in south London
  • The Awareness Centre, which offers low-cost counselling and psychotherapy in south London
  • Lewisham Speaking Up, a charity for people with learning disabilities which offers free and confidential advice and support for those who have experienced hate crime
  • Baseline, a Lewisham Council initiative offering support to young people aged 16-18, and in some cases up to the age of 25, offering support and advice in a number of areas
  • Metro, a charity providing person-centred support and advocacy and counselling services to the LGBT community 
  • Galop, an LGBT+ and anti-violence charity offering specialist support, advice and advocacy services to victims of hate crime as well as specialist services to trans and young people
  • The Monitoring Group, which provides advocacy and trauma therapy services to victims of race hate crime, particularly from those of BAME communities
  • Number 42, which offers private or group low-cost counselling therapy to people who experience overwhelming and difficult emotions such as stress, anxiety, and depression
  • The Mix, which offers free confidential advice and support to under 25 year-olds. They also offer telephone and web-based counselling, along with crisis support
  • Samaritans, you can talk to them any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. Tel: 116 123 (24 hours)
  • Restore London offers help to those seeking restorative justice, which is referenced in the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime published in October 2015

Hate crimes and incidents explained

A hate crime is any criminal offence where the victim has been targeted because of their protected characteristics, such as race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability.

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.

You can find out more about these issues on the Crown Prosecution Service website