Laws That Cover Hate Crime

This section explains how the law can protect LGBT people from different forms of abuse. This resource has been compiled with assistance from Pink Law and School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London: Breanne Becker, Frances Ridout, Gabriella Denlew, Julie Pinborough, Karl Laird, Michael Southern-Augustine.

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What is a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime?

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How do I know if I’ve been a victim of a hate crime?

Sometimes it’s really obvious when someone has been homophobic or transphobic towards you, for example if there’s physical violence. But sometimes it’s less clear.

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Physical Violence

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Verbal Abuse in Public

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Incitement to Hatred

Incitement to hatred can occur when an individual or group threatens to harass a person or a group of people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Abuse or harassment via electronic means

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Harassment

If someone harasses you they can also be charged with harassment.

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Blackmail

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What if you’ve been refused goods, facilities and services?

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Further Support

If you have been a victim of a biphobic, homophobic or transphobic hate crime and want to get advice or support contact Galop. Advice line and reporting: 020 7704 2040 Online help and reporting: www.galop.org.uk If you need to get further legal advice on any aspect of your case Galop can put you in contact […]

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