Online Hate Crime Report 2020

LGBT+ people face high levels of online abuse according to research by Galop, the ​leading LGBT+ anti-violence charity.

The findings of this report, drawn from a survey of 700 LGBT+ people in the UK, show that:

  • 8 in 10 LGBT+ people had experienced online abuse.
  • Among those targeted, 5 in 10 had experienced online hate more than 20 times. 1 in 5 had experienced more than 100 incidents.
  • 6 in 10 were threatened with physical violence, and 4 in 10 received death threats or threats of sexual violence. 
  • As a result, 4 in 10 people used their online accounts less, while 2 in 10 removed LGBT+ information from their profiles or left social media sites altogether. 
  • Less than half reported their experiences to social media platforms, and less than 1 in 10 reported to the police.

Our services:

Our hate crime casework service can give you advice, support and help if you experience homophobia, transphobia or biphobia. Click for more

Domestic abuse is any kind of threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between people who have been intimate partners or family members. Click for more

Galop provides confidential and independent advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence. Click for more