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National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428

LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline 020 7704 2040

Ben

Ben was attacked by a group of men. They laughed at him and called him a homophobic slur before assaulting him with a brick. Ben had to go to hospital for his injuries. 

The attack left Ben with physical, emotional and mental scars. He felt isolated, unsafe and alone. He had recently emigrated to London and no longer felt able to be open about his sexuality. He felt ashamed and traumatised every time he saw his scars in the mirror.  

Galop supported Ben for two years in his recovery and journey for justice. We helped him report to police, liaised and advocated for him during his on-going case, and supported him in court. We also helped him get financial compensation for his injuries and to access therapy and social support.  

Names and some details have been changed to protect the anonymity of our clients

Due to this hate crime I was in a very dark place feeling isolated and frightened. The support I had was incredible. They were also a very kind and calming presence. I didn't feel the hate crime element was being heard before Galop got involved. Plus what could have been really traumatic was significantly eased.