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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021

It is National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

This is a national week of action to encourage local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle local hate crime issues.


What is a hate crime?

Hate crimes are any crimes targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice. These might be due to:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

Hate crimes can be committed against a person or property.  Anyone could be a victim of a hate crime even if they aren’t a member of the group that the hostility is targeted at.

What is a hate incident?

Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to actual crimes or create tensions in a community.

What can you do?

Make your personal pledge against hate: you can show your support of National Hate Crime Awareness Week by making a pledge against all forms of hate crime.

Where to get support and help

We want Queen Mary to be the most inclusive university of its kind, anywhere. If you or someone else have experienced bullying and harassment, hate incidents or gender-based violence, we want to know about it. All staff, students and visitors to our campus can access support information about specialist services or make a report to the University. Visit Report + Support.

If you require emergency help, please call emergency services on 999. You can also report non-emergency crimes on 101.

Victims of image-based sexual abuse

You can get specialist advice from Queen Mary’s Legal Advice Centre if you are a victim of image-based sexual abuse. Through their SPITE project (Sharing and Publishing Images to Embarrass), the Centre offers free 1-2-1 legal advice. Find out more.

The Legal Advice Centre also runs workshops in local secondary schools to educate young people on the illegality of sharing private sexual images and to promote kindness. 

Let’s do our part to stop hate during this week and beyond!


The borough of Tower Hamlets has scheduled events for students to join:

Thursday 14 October, between 10am–1pm, there will be a Community Engagement & Outreach meeting at Whitechapel Idea Store London, 321 Whitechapel Road London E1 1BU. Contact Nazma Begum (Hate Crime Partnership Officer) if you need further information.

Friday 15 October, students can join afternoon prayers and a Hate Crime Sermon with a focus on Misogyny at Friday Jumma Prayers by Imam(s) at East London Mosque/London Muslim Centre Whitechapel Road E1. If you need further information, contact Sufia at

On Friday 15 October 2.15pm–5pm, there will be a Peace Walk to bring communities together under No Place For Hate banner and provide reassurance to the community of the partnership’s commitment to tackling all forms of hate crime 2.15. If you would like to join, meet at Altab Ali Park and walk to St John’s Church Bethnal Green. At 3.30pm refreshments will be served alongside speeches, peace, activity and performances. To find out more, email Lauren Steele at



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