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National Helpline for LGBT+ Victims and Survivors of Abuse and Violence0800 999 5428

Email help@galop.org.uk

Hate crime

Hate crime is a name for abuse, violence or intimidation targeting someone because of who they are. It includes abusing you because you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, queer, intersex or asexual.  

What is hate crime? 

Anti-LGBT+ hate crime is abuse or violence committed against someone because of their orientation or gender identity.  This can include:   

  • Physical attacks  
  • Sexually threatening or violent behaviour  
  • Stealing or damaging your belongings  
  • Blackmail, including demanding money not to ‘out’ you  
  • Sending abusive or offensive messages  
  • Verbal abuse, such as calling someone anti-LGBT+ names  
  • Acting in a threatening or intimidating way  
  • Encouraging others to target LGBT+ people


Know your rights 

You are entitled to:   

  • Be treated fairly and with respect by any service you talk to  
  • Have the police record anti-LGBT+ abuse as a hate crime  
  • Have the police consider your opinion in deciding how to respond  
  • Have information about your identity treated confidentially  
  • Be called by the name and pronouns you ask them to use  
  • Be kept informed about the progress of your case  
  • Be offered other forms of support if you need it  


Should I report? 

You have the right to speak up about homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia, intersexphobia, or acephobia that you have experience to get it officially acknowledged or to get any help we need.   

Anti-LGBT+ abuse and violence are huge problems for our community and reporting can make a difference. Thousands of LGBT+ people choose to report hate crime every year and doing so is part of defending your rights.   

You may also choose not to report and you can still get support. If you are unsure whether to report or you are uncertain about what to expect if you do, you can talk to Galop. We can give you independent advice and help you pass on information anonymously if you choose.  

Speaking up can be difficult, but reporting makes a difference. You can tell the police directly or we can discuss your options and help with reporting. 

How to get help

If you or someone you know is LGBT+ and experiencing domestic abuse, Galop is here for you.

Get help

Information for LGBT+ victims of abuse

Hate crime: a guide for LGBT+ people

What is online anti-LGBT+ hate speech and hate crime?

Trans privacy law: what you need to know

Guide to recording hate incidents

Wellbeing and self care for victims of anti-LGBT+ hate crime

Financial assistance schemes: help for LGBT+ people experiencing hate crime

Information for professionals

Working with victims of anti-LGBT+ hate crimes

Dealing with anti-LGBT+ graffiti and literature

Public sex environments and hate crime: a guide for police

Hate Crime Report 2021: our latest report into LGBT+ experiences of hate crime

Online Hate Crime Report 2020: our report into the state of anti-LGBT+ hate crime online

Transphobic Hate Crime Report 2020

Hate Crime Report 2019: our state of the nation report into anti-LGBT+ hate crime in 2019

Related content

If you’d like to reflect on LGBT+ experiences of hate crime further, or get support here are some places you might find helpful.

Support Services

Our LGBT+ advocacy services support all LGBT+ people who have or are experiencing hate crime in London.


Our helplines are for LGBT+ people who have or are experiencing crime. We are also there for friends, families and professionals. 


If you want to learn more, we’ve created a number of factsheets with information about LGBT+ experiences of hate crime.