Hate Crime

What are MDXSU working on? 

President of MDXSU, Ayah Benberna, is bringing the issue of Hate Crime to the forefront of her time in office this year with a yearlong campaign to change the culture around hate crime, and create a community to support victims at MDXSU. Ayah is looking to improve the current channels of Hate Crime reporting at Middlesex University, so that anyone who falls victim to this crime will be able to easily and accessibly file a complaint with the university and will go onto see satisfactory outcomes for their case.

Hate crime is classed as any crime committed against someone because of their disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference and can come in form of physical assault, verbal abuse or incitement to hatred.

Here at MDXSU we are clear that any form of hate crime is unacceptable and will be investigated as an incredibly serious offence. Anyone who suffers the implications of hate crime will be supported by MDX as none of us should have live through abuse and criminal behaviour. 


How can I get involved? 

If you would like to be updated on our work on hate crime, please become a member of our campaign group to receive regular news and updates. You can join online here.

Throughout the year Ayah will have a number of activities to be involved in. This will include focus groups on the reporting system, free self-defense classes for those who feel that violent crime is a worry to them, and bystander training workshops for students and staff who would like to learn more about supporting their peers through hate crime. 


Who can I go to on campus to if I need support? 

You can report any concerns by calling the University on 020 8411 6200 and asking to speak to the Duty Safeguarding Officer. Safeguarding Officers are on duty Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Alternatively you can email: cause4concern@mdx.ac.uk 

For more information on the Cause 4 Concern process, please view the university website. If you have any feedback on this process or webpages, please email Sarah at s.hazlehurst@mdx.ac.uk, and we will pass on this information to the university teams. 


Who can I go to outside of university if I need support? 

999 - In an emergency please always call 999 to report crime.

Crimestoppers https://crimestoppers-uk.org/  

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up to stop crime 100% anonymously. They believe that everyone has the right to feel safe wherever they live and you can offer information without crime in your area without giving information about yourself. 

Tell MAMA https://tellmamauk.org/  

They support victims of anti-Muslim hate and also run a public service which measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. The project also works with police forces across England, Wales and Scotland in order to ensure access to justice for victims through the prosecution of perpetrators. 

Community Security Trust (CST) https://cst.org.uk/  

CST work for the physical protection and defense of British Jews. They represent British Jews on issues of racism, antisemitism, extremism, policing and security and aim to facilitate Jewish life by protecting people from the dangers of antisemitism, and antisemitic terrorism. 

Galop http://www.galop.org.uk/  

Galop is an LGBT+ anti-violence charity for those who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system. 

Inclusion London https://www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/  

Inclusion London’s mission is to promote Deaf and Disabled people’s equality and inclusion by supporting Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations to have a strong and influential collective voice. They are the only organisation run by and for Deaf and Disabled people working across every borough in London. 

Self Evident https://www.witnessconfident.org/self-evident-app  

Self Evident is a free mobile app by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) that makes it easy to record, save and share evidence of hate crime.