Latest statistics show increase in reported hate crime

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service today published the latest statistics for reported hate crime in Scotland. The figures show a 22 per cent increase in homophobic hate crime reported in the past year. The number of reported transphobic hate crimes remains low at 25, although this is higher than 14 the previous year.

Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said:

“'The sad reality for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Scots is that that they face hate crime every day at home, in their communities and their workplaces.  Whilst any single hate crime incident is one too many this increase suggests that more LGBT people feel able to report these crimes to the police. This is a positive development.   Stonewall Scotland’s research shows, however, that more than a third of LGBT people still  don’t feel confident in reporting such incidents to the police and we will continue our work with Police Scotland to address this. Today’s figures show that there has been lots done but there is still lots to do.”

Stonewall Scotland's Homophobic Hate Crime Report is available here.

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