Hate Crime

There are a number of ways to report a homophobic hate crime or incident. In an emergency call 999 At other times you can contact your local police force by dialling 101.

A hate incident is defined as any act, which may or may not be a crime, that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards an aspect of a person’s identity.

Hate incidents include: verbal abuse like name-calling harassment physical attacks such as hitting, punching, pushing, spitting threats of violence hoax calls, abusive phone or text messages, hate mail online abuse for example on Facebook or Twitter harm or damage to things such as your home, pet, vehicle graffiti arson.

A hate crime is any illegal act that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudices towards an aspect of a person’s identity. Police forces in England and Wales make a distinction between a hate crime and a hate incident. Report it If you feel you have experienced a hate crime or incident, report it.

The statistics on anti-LGBT hate crime are shocking, but it’s personal stories that resonate with people and get them to act. We make them understand why hate crime against LGBT people is wrong, the impact it has and how to end it. When an act is classed as a hate crime, the judge can impose a tougher sentence on the offender under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.