If you’ve had a bad experience with the police, this section explains how to make an official complaint. If you feel you have been treated badly by the police in any way Galop can help you to make an official complaint. We will take the details of your complaint and pass it to the official […]
This section provides some guidance for trans people who have been required to have a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check.
Galop offers a service called Assisted Reporting (or Third Party Reporting). This means that if you have experienced or know of a homophobic or transphobic incident in the Greater London area but do not feel able to report it directly to the police, you can report it to us instead. We promise not to reveal […]
We wanted to let you know about the trans project we are running at Galop. This page outlines the thinking behind what we are doing. It’s a summarised version of ‘introducing the new trans project at Galop’ which is available on our website.
The information below is for anyone who is experiencing difficulties as a result of their sexuality, their gender identiy, their race, or a mixture of these. It highlights some of the particular problems you may be having, and outlines your rights, the things you can do to keep yourself safe and the ways that we […]
Galop can help if you’ve been the victim of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse can happen once or several times and involves unwanted contact of a sexual nature between two or more people. Sometimes this abuse happens within families or intimate partnerships. Sometimes this abuse is acquaintance or date rape, while other sexual assaults are part […]
This section tells you about cottaging, cruising & the law, keeping safe when cruising and what to do if you are a victim of a crime. Produced with support from the Pink Triangle Trust
This section gives some information about police warnings, cautions, fines and whether you need to tell an employer about them. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and want confidential advice about your situation you can call Galop on 020 7704 2040. If your question does not relate in some way to lesbian, gay, […]
A hate crime is a crime committed against a person or people because of a particular group they belong to – such as women, lesbians, gay men and bisexual people, trans people, Black and minority ethnic people, Jewish people, Muslim people and so on.
Roll up, roll up! Some of Europe’s best roller derby players kick off the season with Winter Wonderslam on 5th December – and they’re helping raise money for Galop too!
Galop was honoured to attend Transgender Day of Remembrance on 21 November in solidarity with trans people.
Misconduct can range from minor incidents such as an officer being rude to you, through to unlawful arrest, use of force or even suspicious injuries or death in custody.
Most complaints will be dealt with by the relevant local force. More serious complaints may involve a more formal investigation.
In certain circumstances, you may be able to appeal to the IPCC if:
Galop attended a rally and vigil in Trafalgar Square on 30 November in memory of Ian Baynham and other victims of homophobic and transphobic hate crime.
This section provides advice if you have been stopped or arrested by the police. If you have been warned, cautioned or given a penalty notice by the police, you should read the section on . You can contact Galop if you require more information about any of the issues raised in this section, or you […]
The police have the power to stop and/or search an individual in a public place if they have ‘reasonable grounds for suspicion’ that you are in possession of illegal drugs, stolen property or that you are carrying an offensive weapon or have committed an offence.
These searches will only take place in exceptional circumstances. A strip search or intimate search should only be carried out if a police officer has reasonable grounds for believing that you may be concealing anything that is likely to cause physical harm or injury to you or another person.
Police officers from the Metropolitan Police Service in London should follow specific guidance which has been issued concerning how to address and search trans people, and how to treat trans people when taking them into custody.
If you are arrested you have the right to know why. If you are not being arrested you don’t have to go to the police station.
You are entitled to see a solicitor, to have someone told where you are and to read a copy of the procedures for arrest known as the Codes of Practice. You should be given a written note of these rights. If you are unsure about why you have been arrested, or the charge is a […]
This section explains why it is important that you tell someone that you’ve experienced a hate crime, whether you chose to report to the police or tell another organisation such as Galop.
Homophobic and transphobic abuse and violence are huge problems – most of us know someone who has experienced this at some point. But the information about homophobic and transphobic hate crime is very limited because many people do not report their experiences.
Galop can give you advice and support, and can also take a report from you if you wish – without you having to speak to the police.
Always remember that if the victim or any other person feels that an incident is homophobic or transphobic then the police should treat it as such without needing to be convinced of this.
This section tells you about the steps you should take if you are a victim of a homophobic or transphobic incident. It includes advice on making sure you are safe and well immediately after the incident and who to contact to get help and/or report to.
If you (or someone else) have been attacked or think that you are in immediate danger the first priority is to make sure you are safe.
If you (or someone else) have been serious assaulted you should call 999 and ask for an ambulance and the police.
Write down all the details of the incident as soon as you can including descriptions of the perpetrator(s), clothes they wore, any distinguishing marks, any nearby vehicles or witnesses, and anything they said such as homophobic/transphobic abuse or threats they made.
Call the police or Galop as soon after the incident as possible to make either a crime report, a non-police report or an anonymous report.
If police come to the scene of the incident, get the officers’ names and badge numbers so you a record of the officers’ who attended the incident.
If you want someone to support you, you should contact Galop for help and advice. Galop can also put you in contact with other organisations who can offer you support, such as housing advice or counselling.
This is an attack or abuse directed at a person because they are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. Homophobic or transphobic physical or verbal violence occurs in the home, at school and college, at work, and in public.
This section gives advice on staying safe in a variety of situations where you might experience homophobic or transphobic hate crime. As LGBT people we sometimes chose to change our behaviour to avoid putting ourselves at greater risk of being victimised.
Although you can’t predict when violence may occur, and neither should you be in a state of fear when you go out, there are some strategies you can adopt to try to minimise the chances of being attacked or abused by a stranger.
When you are in a bar or club try not to leave your drink unattended or accept drinks or drugs from someone without knowing where they came from.
If you chose use the internet or personal ads to meet for people for sex or socialising it’s worth having a few basic safety strategies.
It’s unlikely that you will encounter any trouble while cruising or cottaging. However, the following are some basic tips to consider minimising the risk or responding to an incident.
If a police officer talks to you about an allegation against you and takes your name and address, they might record your details on a local police computer system.