Biphobic, homophobic and transphobic abuse is more common than most people think.
If you have been shouted at in the street and called derogatory names or if you have been beaten or robbed or had your property vandalised because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, it could be classed as either a hate crime or hate incident.
But what is the difference?
- any incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
- any incident, which may or may not, constitute a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
REMEMBER - don't worry about figuring out which type it is, that is for the police to do. All police forces treat incidents the same way as they treat a crime. So it really is important that you report it.
How to report & what to report?
You can report biphobic, homophobic and transphobic hate crime in your area either online, by phone or in person at a police station. You can also choose to be anonymous in the report.
You may think that someone calling you names is no big deal, you may be used to it and have experienced it many times before but it is vital that you report any incident of biphobi, homophobia or transphobia.
If you do nothing, no one will know what has happened to you and nothing can be done about it. It also means that other people may receive the same or worse abuse.
If you or someone else is in danger then do not hesitate to call 999
Otherwise you can call your local police non emergency number, 101 (if available in your area) or a third party reporting centre such as the LGF.
“1 in 3 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people have experienced some kind of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic attack.”
Remember to say: “I want to report a biphobic / homophobic / transphobic hate crime” and make sure this statement is recorded. Recognising the crime or incident in this way when reporting it can help with sentencing at a later date if it is found that the hate element of the incident has aggravated the offence.
You can also call the LGF on 0845 3 30 3030 (10am-10pm every day) for support and information.
Alternatively, you can report a crime online via your local police force’s website or via or web app www.lgf.org.uk/report..
What will the police do?
If you call the police, someone will come out and see you and it will be fully investigated, right?
Not all the time. The police will do everything they can to make sure that you feel safe and protected. But what they are doing isn’t always obvious.
When you report a hate crime or incident, the police may not seem to respond to it immediately. But what they will do is use it to build up a picture of where homophobia is happening, what form this is taking and what kind of person is committing it.
This feeds into their intelligence systems, so every day when police officers and Police Community Support Officer’s are briefed about what is happening in their local area and what they should be on the look out for, certain issues can be flagged up and responded to.
Why Report Biphobic, Homophobic or Transphobic Hate?
- Regular abuse - report each incident as it occurs and make sure that the police link your latest report with all previous reports. Have documents relating to the previous incidents to hand when you call, so that crime numbers and investigating officers’ details can be quoted.
- If you are unhappy - raise your concerns with a senior officer or complaints officer. Consider involving your local councillor, MP, your workplace LGBT network or trade union, or alert the local and LGBT media.
- Prosecution takes time - remember it can take a while for it to go to court and for the person(s) to be prosecuted under the law for what they have done.
- Get Support - if you report a crime through the police then they will pass you over to victim support, with your permission. Many LGBT groups also have helplines and counselling, where further support can be beneficial to come to terms with what has happened.
To contact your local MP or find your local councillor go to: www.writetothem.com
For a society to function and flourish it must be inclusive of all its members. In all areas of our daily lives, we need to seek out and celebrate diversity.
! - Don’t tolerate homophobia. Left unchallenged, it will spread.
! - If you feel that you (or someone else) may be in danger always call 999.
! - If you see a hate incident, no matter how small you perceive it to be, REPORT IT!
! - Let everyone know you won’t tolerate any kind of hate.
! - If you hear friends or family being biphobic, homophobic or transphobic tell them it’s unacceptable.
! - Ask them if they realise how harmful their words and actions can be.
Why this information is important
Websites like this are not only accessed by LGBT people, but also by organisations who are all working to support their LGBT service users.
Information on biphobic, homophobic and transphobic hate crime - and how to report it - should be freely available and well promoted. You'll find all the information you need in these pages. Anything that you don't see here and you think should be, just email us to get it here.