About Galop’s hate crime service
Galop can help if you experience homophobia, transphobia or biphobia wherever it occurs, including at home, in public, at work, online or in cruising sites. None of us should have to put up with being abused, but if it happens, our hate crime casework service can give you advice, support and help.
Telling us about hate crime lets us document it and prevent it happening to others, but there are also practical things we can help.
What if I’m abused in public?
If you were abused on the street, the bus, a shop or somewhere else public, we can give you advice, support, work out options for you and help if you decide to take action.
We can help if you’ve been targeted in a cruising ground or cottage and want to help protect yourself and other people there. We can give you information about your rights, challenge inappropriate policing or work with cruisers and the police to stop attackers.
Galop can also give advice on the best way to deal with online abuse, such as harassment via text or social media.
What if I’m being targeted where I live?
If you’re being targeted where you live, we can give you advice and support on the following
- How to take action against those who are targeting you, such as neighbours.
- Helping you feel safer in your home or community – for example by liaising with your housing provider or local police.
- Explain the options open to you if you’re looking to move home.
- If you’re moving, we can look for safety information about your potential new address to help you make an informed decision.
Can Galop help me with the police?
Galop can give advice about the law and what kind of response you can expect from the police. If you decide to report what happened, we can make a report on your behalf – in a named or anonymous way. If you’ve already reported but aren’t sure what to do next, or are unhappy with the response, Galop can talk to the police or others about your case.
How else can Galop assist me if I’ve been a victim of hate crime?
- We can help if you’ve been the target of transphobia, however you identify. We can also help if your right to privacy about your gender has been breached.
- If you’re on a low income and need help with the cost of moving to escape abuse, food, clothing or something else, we may be able to help
- We can help you apply for compensation if you were injured in a crime
- If you’re unhappy with the response of the police we can help you make a formal or informal complaint.
- If you’ve had prejudicial treatment by a service, we can help you find legal advice or we may be able to challenge the service for you.
- We can give basic advice about workplace problems.
- If you need to go to court as a witness, we can provide one-to-one advice and support.