Posted: Tue 6th Oct 2020

Wrexham Glyndwr University adopts Victim Support Hate Crime Charter for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

Wrexham Glyndŵr University has shown its commitment to creating and understanding and welcoming community for victims of hate crime.

The university is one of the first organisations in North Wales to adopt the Victim Support Hate Crime Charter, which outlines how staff and students are expected to behave when they come into contact with people who have experienced hate crime.

The Charter brings to the forefront the rights of victims and aims to support organisations to identify and report hate crimes and incidents that may take place in and around their premises.

Ali Bloomfield, Organisational Development & Diversity Manager said: “By signing the charter Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committing to ensuring that its staff are expected to abide by the charter’s promises whenever they come into contact with those affected by hate crime and work on building cohesive communities and inclusive environments.

“The University is a welcoming and inclusive environment for our staff, students and all visitors and we are continually looking for ways to help to support equity and the work being undertaken to create a safer and more inclusive Wales for communities and individuals.

“By signing the charter we are showing our commitment to tackling hate crime and reassuring all staff, students and our community that when they enter our campuses they are in a safe place.”

The Victim Support Charter, which is set to be launched during Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 10-17), covers seven key points:

– The right to be heard
– The right to report Hate Crime
– The right to be treated with respect
– The right to information
– The right to free and confidential support
– The right to make a complaint
– The right to privacy

Stefanie Hartley, Chief Executive Officer at Wrexham Glyndwr Students’​ Union, said: “As a students’ union it is our core purpose to support students to be able to live their absolute best lives while at university.

“This definitely means a life free from hate and prejudice. By signing the hate crime charter we are committed to tackling all forms of hate in our building, our work force and our student-led communities. We are incredibly excited to be a part of this.”

Other organisations and members of the public can learn more about how they can get involved by visiting the Victim Support Report Hate Crime website.

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