Hate crimes are directed against people because of some aspect of who they are, most typically because they are from an ethnic minority or visible religious minority, or because of their sexuality.
Hate crime covers a wide range of behaviour, for example verbal abuse, racist or homophobic graffiti or physical assault. A crime can be classed as a hate crime if the victim or witness see it as being so.
If you are the victim of what you think is a hate crime, it is not your fault. You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence, whoever you are. You do not have to live with hate crime.
Police are trained to deal with hate crime with sensitivity and tact. They will not treat you differently because you are from an ethnic or religious minority, or because of your sexuality.
Contact the Public Protection UnitTelephone: 0207 601 2940
Fax: 0207 601 2942
Email the Public Protection Unit
In the event of an emergency or a crime being committed always dial 999.
What is homophobic or transphobic bullying?Are you or someone you know...
Homophobia is any abuse because you are or people think you are lesbian, gay or bisexual.
Transphobia is any abuse because you are or people think you are transgender, transvestite or transsexual.
Bullying is any action against any person or group, who may be seen as different.
What can I do about it?Talking through your problems will make a difference and help you to think through how to sort them out.
Tell someone what's happening... teacher, friends, parents or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friendly organisations, including the police.
What personal safety measures can I take?
If it does happen, it is important you tell someone.
What can I report?Any incident where you or anyone else has been targeted because they or you are believed to be of a different:
Any incident you believe was motivated by:
What can the City of London Police do about it?The City of London Police will not tolerate any form of hate crime. We are committed to ensuring your safety. The Force has a dedicated public protection unit who are specifically trained for that role and are there to help.
Racist, homophobic and transphobic behaviour and domestic violence are treated as hate crimes. If you have been affected by hate crime, or think you have, then let us help you. We will offer you support and give you practical assistance and advice to help you decide what to do next.
Why report it?The self-reporting system allows you as the victim, witness, parent, carer or any concerned person to report an incident to the police by giving us as little or as much personal information as you wish.
By filling out the reporting form you will:
Enable the police and partnership agencies to build up patterns of behaviour, highlight areas of concern and provide us with a 'True Vision' of what is happening.
Without your details:
The report will be used for monitoring purposes to get a true vision of what is happening.
With your details:
The incident can be investigated fully and you can get the service you deserve and the support you need.
If I give my details, will the police contact me?Only if you want us to. You choose the preferred method, e.g. by mobile phone or at another address, we will be happy to make alternative arrangements, only if you want us to.
What happens if I agree for my details to be passed to a multi agency partnership?With your permission the information you provide may be used when working with other agencies, such as the council or housing to prevent this type of incident happening again.
Agencies may be able to offer you support and assistance.
For more information and useful numbers:
If you have been a victim of a racist and religiously-motivated hate crime, contact:
Being Transgender or Gay is not a choice, being Transphobic or Homophobic is, so don't be a Twonk