6 July 2021
DUSA has become the latest third-party reporting centre helping victims of hate crime to report their experience.
DUSA will now allow victims and witnesses of hate crime to report the matter in comfortable surroundings. The service is available for those who may not feel comfortable going directly to the police.
Police Scotland works together with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of third party reporting centres.
Community Constable Scott Menmuir from Police Scotland said,
‘‘We have worked hard to give victims improved opportunities to report hate crime and it’s great that we have yet another Dundee based charity on the list to offer this.
‘‘Hate crime is unacceptable and can have far reaching consequences for those who have been victimised because of their identity. The issue remains under-reported and our third party reporting centres play an important role in encouraging victims to come forward.’’
DUSA’s Advice and Support staff have now been trained to assist victims or witnesses in submitting a report to the police and can even make such a report on the victim’s or witness’ behalf.
Cheryl-Ann Cruikshank, CEO of DUSA, added,
‘‘DUSA stands in solidarity with Police Scotland on tackling hate crime.
‘‘As an organisation we come into contact with a wide range of different people and try to offer holistic support. That’s why being able to support people in a non-judgemental way around reporting hate crime is a valuable addition to what we offer at DUSA.
‘‘People of all ages and from every walk of life have the right to feel safe in their community, free from harassment and fear. I would encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed a hate crime to come forward – you will be listened to, understood and treated with respect.’’
Any students who have experienced or witnessed hate crime should either contact Police Scotland on 101 or get in touch with the DUSA Advice and Support Team.