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A guide to how the Criminal Justice agencies respond to homophobic hate crime, and the steps you can take towards stopping it.

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 difference could be a person's race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Hate crimes and incidents can include:

  • physical attacks;
  • threat of attack;
  • verbal abuse or insults;
  • graffiti;
  • hate mail;
  • name calling;
  • spitting; and
  • damage to property.

This booklet will help lesbian, gay and bisexual people understand how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service respond to homophobic incidents. It also includes information about the support that is available from Victim Support and the Court Services.