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Hate crime law consultation submission

Galop are pleased to share our submission to the Law Commission, suggesting how to remedy problems with hate crime laws.

LGBT+ people face high levels of violence and abuse driven by hostility. Home Office figures show that anti-LGBT+ hate crime has, for the second year running, risen at twice the rate of other forms of hate crime. In the most recent data, reported hate crime has grown by 8%, while hate crime against LGB people has risen 19% in the same period, and transphobic hate crimes grew by 16%1. Updating legal protections to ensure diverse LGBT+ people can expect dignity, respect and safety is desperately needed and long overdue.

Galop welcomes the Law Commission proposals and makes the following suggestions:

  1. Adopt a single legal approach across all hate crime strands for ordinary criminal offences, stirring up offences and football chanting offences.
  2. Establish a statutory duty requiring the creation of a Hate Crime Commissioner role to drive best practice improvements in policy and victim support.
  3. Redefine the current definition of ‘transgender identity’ hate to include trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming and intersex people.
  4. Extend the current definition of ‘sexual orientation’ hate to include ace people (asexual and aromantic).
  5. Create a single Hate Crime Act containing all relevant legislation to remedy the confusing and dispersed pieces of legislation as they stand.
  6. Extend the hate crime legal test from ‘hostility’ to ‘hostility or prejudice’ as a means of making hate crime legislation more relevant to the forms of abuse faced by deaf and disabled people.

Galop is the UK’s only specialist LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Our mission is to make life safe, just and fair for LGBT+ people. We provide advice, support and advocacy to people who have experienced hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Hate crime law consultation submission

Read the submission document here

Hate crime law consultation submission