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Welcome to Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity.

If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

020 7704 2040

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London LGBT+ Advice Line

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National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline

Law

Trans Privacy Law

This page answers some questions about legal protections for the privacy of trans people who give their information to services. If it doesn’t answer your specific question, call us for confidential advice on 020 7704 204. Galop is London’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans anti-violence charity. Your right to privacy Everyone has the right for their…

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Disregarding Offences

On 1 October 2012, the Home Office introduced guidance which allows people in England and Wales with some historical convictions and cautions for consensual gay sex to apply to have those offences removed from their records. This section explains the recent changes in the law and how to make an application. Compiled with Bindmans Solicitors.…

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DBS and Gender Identity

This section provides some guidance for trans people who have been required to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. What Is A DBS Check? If you apply for certain jobs such as teaching, care work and other positions (including voluntary work) where you may work with children or vulnerable adults, your prospective employer is…

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Previous Convictions and DBS

This section tells you about changes to the sexual offences laws and how these affect previous convictions for offences which have now been decriminalised. It gives advice on what can and cannot be disclosed in a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  If you are trans and would like more information about how to protect yourself…

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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. What is a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime?…

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Cottaging & Cruising

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. Cruising grounds are open spaces where men look for consensual sex with other men, such as parks or lay-bys; these places are…

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Police Warnings, Cautions & Fines

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,…

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Police Complaints

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…

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Arrest, Stop & Search

Your Rights If You’ve Been Arrested Or Stopped By The Police 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 Other Police Charges. You can contact Galop if you require more…

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A Call for Equal Hate Crime Laws

Joint Letter from 75 LGBT Organisations and Allies: We, the undersigned organisations call for an end to unequal hate crime legal protections in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We call on political parties to commit to a full review of laws on this issue, as recommended by the Law Commission.

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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