Homophobic and Transphobic abuse is a crime
If you are bullied, attacked, harassed, or called names because you are (or someone thinks you are) lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, it is a crime and you have the right to report it. You can also report these incidents if you witness them happening to someone else. If you do not want to go to the police, there are centres in Bradford where you can report hate crime. It is also now possible to report hate crime via the internet.
All reporting centres have people who have been trained to take details of what has happened to you in a sensitive and completely confidential way. You can also contact them if you are being abused or attacked because of your race, faith or disability.
We hope that all crime centres are sensitive to sexual orientation and trans identity; if you experience any problems please let us know.
Click here for a list of hate crime reporting centres in Bradford.
We are a hate crime reporting centre.
How to find the Equity Centre: map and directions to EC
Yorkshire MESMAC (in Bradford)
MESMAC is a hate crime reporting centre.
West Yorkshire Police
999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies.
Call in person at any police station
Stop Hate UK
0800 138 1625
Stop Hate UK have launched the Stop LGB and T 24hrs national helpline service. Stop Hate UK is a national charity which was established 20 years ago; they have been providing a 24 hour helpline service in many areas of England including within your area to anyone affected by Hate Crime based on any aspect of their identity (disability, faith, gender identity, race or sexual orientation) or perceived identity since 2006.
They have recently been funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to provide a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender 24 hour Hate Crime helpline, 0808 801 0661, service across England, Wales, and Scotland. Their aim is to enhance any existing services you already have locally, ensuring that anyone who experiences LGB&T Hate Crime or incidents, or witnesses a Hate Crime or incident, wherever they live, can access an independent third party;
- To report, or receive support to report, the crime or incident
- To receive immediate emotional support
- To receive information and advice from a team of expert Hate Crime advisors
- And/Or be referred to the police either anonymously or with full details for investigation
- And/Or be referred local support agencies such as LGB&T, housing, social care, health and legal organisations wherever appropriate
- To receive follow-up telephone-based advocacy as appropriate
Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels
The Police’s Homophobic & Transphobic Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel always welcomes new members. The panel meets on a quarterly basis to look at homophobic and transphobic hate crime incidents and how these have been dealt with.
For more information contact Finn on 01274 727759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help for Victims website
Whether you have been affected by crime – or you know someone who has – this website could help. It provides information about how victims and witnesses should be treated within the Criminal Justice System and offer advice for those affected by crime.
Information and answers are provided by experienced professionals in the victim support field and this website is completely anonymous www.helpforvictims.co.uk
More useful websites
www.stoponlineabuse.org.uk – Whilst online abuse can affect anyone, women and LGBT people often experience abuse as a result of their sex, gender identity or sexual orientation – or may be targetted for these reasons. The aim of this website is to provide support and guidance to people who are experiencing this type of online abuse.
www.report-it.org.uk – A homophobic hate crime is: “any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation.”
A transphobic hate crime is: “any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”