On this page: Personal Safety Tips, Victim of Homophobic Abuse, 
Witness to Homophobic Abuse, The Difference between a Hate 
Crime and a Hate Incident and The Painful Truth
Personal Safety Tips

  • Stay Alert. Awareness is your best defence
  • Leave venue with friends wherever possible.
  • Be Confident. Even if you dont feel it.
  • Walk as if you know where you are going.
  • Trust your instincts. If you think something is wrong then act on it.
  • Have your keys in your hand when you reach your home or car.
  • Keep money for taxis. The expense is worth it.
  • Carry a personal alarm and use it.

Victim of Homophobic Abuse

  • Make as much noise as you can
  • Go somewhere you know is safe
  • Get help immediately
  • In an emergency dial 999 or 112
  • If you have the confidence, tell the police why you think you were attacked
  • Give a clear account of what happened
  • If you have been attacked, dont shower or change your clothes. It may destroy evidence
  • If your keys are stolen, change the locks
  • Use a third party reporting system to report the incident if you dont have the confidence to tell the Police.

Witness to Homophobic Abuse

  • In an emergency dial 999 or 112
  • Stay alert and safe
  • Dont physically intervene, you could get hurt
  • As soon as you can write down everything that you can remember about the incident
  • Report the incident either to a local support agency or the Police directly 

The Difference between a Hate Crime and a Hate Incident


Hate Crime

Any incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the 
victim 
or 
any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

Hate Incident
Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived 
by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.


The Painful Truth


1 in 5 lesbian and gay people have experienced a homophobic 
hate crime or incident in the last three years.

1 in 6 lesbian and gay people have been insulted and 
harassed 
in the last three years because they are gay.

1 in 10 lesbian and gay people say that being
 a 
victim of crime is their biggest worry.

Over 1 in 10 lesbian and gay people think that there is a 
big problem
 of homophobic hate crimes and incidents in their local area.
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