A third party hate crime reporting centre has been opened at Goldsmiths, University of London.
The facility is one of 18 reporting centres and groups that have been set up in the Lewisham area following statistics showing a rise in all forms of hate crime across London in the past year. It will be open to students, staff, and the public.
£100,000 of external and internal funding was secured to establish the centre and The College worked closely with Goldsmiths Students’ Union and Lewisham Council’s Safer Lewisham Partnership to create a service to support the reporting of such offences in the local community.
There are two locations on campus where hate crimes can be reported: Goldsmiths Students’ Union and the Student Centre at the College.
Hate crimes cover a range of criminal offences perceived to be motivated by hostility or prejudice to a person’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or transgender identity. Third party hate crime centres enable people to report alleged offences to the police via dedicated spaces. Staff working in third party hate crime reporting centres have been trained to assist those who have experienced or witnessed hate crimes.
The decision to establish the third party hate crime reporting centre at Goldsmiths was made following consultations with the student and staff communities. The centre then benefited from a successful bid of £50,000 to HEFCE’s ‘Tackling hate crime and online harassment on campus’ Catalyst Fund call. As part of the bid Goldsmiths pledged to match the funds provided by HEFCE.
Funding bid lead Rocchi Acierno, Head of Accommodation at Goldsmiths, said: “Goldsmiths is committed to tackling hate crime and the HEFCE funding will help us do just this. Our ambition is that all communities in and around Goldsmiths will use this resource to help confront these crimes.”
Tara Mariwany, Welfare and Diversity Officer for the Goldsmiths Students’ Union said: “Getting the opportunity to become a third-party hate crime reporting centre is just one part of our plans to tackle hate crime on campus and in the community. Hopefully this will enable those who have experienced such acts to feel comfortable and safe enough to come forward."