This was the question posed when a new guide for victims of homophobic hate crime was launched on August Bank Holiday in partnership between Stonewall Cymru and North Wales Police.
The booklet, which came about as a result of consultation with lesbian, gay and bisexual people, provides a step by step guide to reporting an incident, providing evidence, giving evidence as well as getting the support that is available from Victim Support and the Court Services.
Homophobic hate crime is any incident committed against a person or property, which is motivated by the offender's hatred of people who are seen as being different. This can include physical attacks, threat of attack, verbal abuse, graffiti, hate mail, name calling, spitting or damage to property.
Jenny Porter, Community Liaison Officer for Stonewall Cymru said: "This is an opportunity to support all victims of homophobic hate crime in Wales, to understand and have confidence in the criminal justice system. We are particularly grateful to the four Welsh Criminal Justice Boards for funding this initiative."
Greg George, North Wales Police diversity development manager added: "North Wales Police are extremely pleased to work with Stonewall Cymru in the production of this booklet."
In light of the fact that 75% of homophobic hate crimes are not reported North Wales Police Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom highlighted the importance of reporting incidents to the police.
He said: "It is a big ask, but we need to know what's going on if we're to have any hope of dealing with it. The launch of this booklet is a significant milestone in changing the culture of Wales for the better. It is shameful that homophobia is still in existence in our society and this is a big step in the right direction."
Minister for Social Justice and Local Government Dr Brian Gibbons, said: "Hate crime in all its forms has no place in a civilised society. Behind every hate crime statistic there is a real person who has suffered at the hands of others; it is devastating for them and such hatred can only harm the wider community. I am pleased to give my support to this guide as an excellent example of what can be achieved through working in partnership."
Clare Pillman, Her Majesty's Court Services Director for Wales commented: "All four local criminal justice boards in Wales take the issue of homophobic hate crime extremely seriously. We are committed to ensuring that should you ever come into contact with the criminal justice system you will be treated with respect and fairness. The criminal justice system is here to support you."
Anyone who experiences hate crime is urged to report it as early as possible.
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