Our research, Homphobic Hate Crime: the Gay British Crime Survey 2013, found that three in four victims did not report the incident to the police, and that even fewer report crimes to a third party reporting service.
Why should you report?
When you report a hate incident, it gives the police a clearer picture of homophobic and transphobic hate crime, both in your community and across Scotland. Telling someone about what happened means you’re standing up for your rights, and challenging people who think Scottish lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people should be in the closet or afraid to be themselves.
There have been significant improvements in the way Police Scotland now responds to hate crime, including homophobic and transphobic hate crime.
Stonewall Scotland has produced a brand new hate crime reporting guide, covering all forms of hate crime. It tells people how they're protected, where to go for help, and why it is important to report hate crime.
If you are a victim of homophobic or transphobic hate crime such as hate mail, verbal abuse, domestic abuse, harassment or any other form of abuse please contact Police Scotland. You can report a hate crime the following ways:
If you choose go to a police office, you can bring someone with you for support and you can ask for a break at any time if you find the experience upsetting.
We've also produced a series of posters to raise awareness of reporting hate crime - amongst those who experience hate crime as well as those who witness it.