Key facts and figures about crime

Police and Crime Commissioners will have responsibility for setting the priorities of the local police force. This will include tackling issues such as hate crime and anti-social behaviour. Research has clearly demonstrated the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people that Police and Crime Commissioners should address and the questions we want candidates to answer.

Homophobic hate crime

  • One in eight lesian and gay people experience a homophobic hate crime or incident a year.
  • One in six victims are physically assaulted or threatened with violence.
  • Over one in ten lesbian and gay people think homophobic hate crimes are a 'big problem' in their local area.

Experiences of the police

  • Over three in four victims of homophobic hate crimes or incidents did not report them to the police. Seven in ten victims did not report it to anyone.
  • The primary reasons for not reporting incidents to the police are victims not feeling it was serious enough to report (43 per cent), not thinking the police would or could do anything (34 per cent), not feeling it would be taken seriously (27 per cent) and the incidents being too common to report (15 per cent).
  • Only one per cent of victims report that a homophobic hate crime or incident resulted in a conviction.  
  • More than one in five gay people would expect to be treated worse than heterosexuals when reporting a crime to the police.

Domestic abuse

  • Half of gay and bisexual men have experienced at least one incident of domestic abuse from a family member or partner compared to 17 per cent of men in general.
  • Four in five lesbian and bisexual women and gay and bisexual men have not reported incidents to the police.
  • Of those that did half of lesbian and bisexual women and more than half of gay and bisexual men were not happy with the response.

Young people

  • Three in five victims say the perpetrator of the homophobic hate crime was a stranger under the age of 25.
  • One in four gay people under 25 have experienced a hate crime or incident in the past three years (compared to one in five gay people overall).
  • Secondary school teachers say homophobic bullying is the second most common form of bullying of young people with 95 per cent hearing homophobic language in their school. Over half of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience homophobic bullying at school.

Questions for candidates

  • How will you encourage people to report homophobic hate crimes?
  • What will you do to improve the investigation of homophobic hate crimes?
  • How will you support local schools to tackle homophobic attitudes amongst young people?
  • What will you do to recruit and retain gay staff to reflect the diversity of the local community?

These findings are taken from Homophobic Hate Crime - The Gay British Crime Survey 2008, Serves You Right (2008), Gay and Bisexual Men's Health Survey (2012), Prescription for Change (2008), The Teachers' Report (2009) and The School Report (2012). All of these publications and more can be downloaded free from www.stonewall.org.uk/publications.


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