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Hate crime is any incident committed against a person or property which is motivated by the offenders’s hatred of people who are seen as being different. This difference could be a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or race, ethnic origin, religion, disability or gender.
Homophobic hate crime hurts. It can be confusing and frightening and may happen again. By reporting it, you may be able to prevent these crimes from happening again to you or someone else.
Don't be afraid to report any homophobic abuse you receive to the Police - what you tell them will be dealt with sensitively and professionally. All four Police forces across Wales in Dyfed Powys, Gwent, North Wales and South Wales treat hate crime seriously and their officers are trained to treat all people with respect and dignity.
But if you don't feel able to speak directly to the Police then you can fill out a Self-Reporting Form, or contact a support agency such as Victim Support (www.victimsupport.org.uk) who will help you, even if you do not report to the Police.
You can report to the Police all homophobic incidents eg: verbal abuse, spitting, offensive graffiti as well as criminal offences in two ways:
Contact the Police directly – by phoning your local Police force or by phoning 999 if the crime is in progress or there is an emergency.
Complete a Self-reporting Incident Form – these Forms can be found in public places and can be completed either anonymously or with contact details.
The Self Reporting Incident Form allows you as the victim, witness, parent, carer or any concerned person to report an incident to the Police without speaking directly to a Police officer. You have the option of giving as little or as much personal information as you wish.
If you complete the form anonymously the Police will use the information to identify patterns in an area. If you give your details the Police will contact you to investigate the incident and this could lead to the prosecution of the offender.
The Police will:
Police forces make referrals of victims of crime to Victim Support and so you will be contacted by Victim Support staff to offer support.
If you cannot find the information you need on this website, you can call the Stonewall Cymru offices on 029 20 237744 or 01492 622202 or the Stonewall info line on 08000 50 20 20 (Mon-Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm) and we will try to point you in the right direction.