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April 14, 2022
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The legal definition of Hate Crime

“Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on a person’s disability or perceived disability; race or perceived race; or religion or perceived religion; or sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation or transgender identity or perceived transgender identity.” Crown Prosecution Service

Something may first appear to be just a hate incident but if there is sufficient evidence to show that it was motivated by “hostility” and/or “prejudice”, it is a hate crime. Abuse online can be reported as a hate crime.

Hate Crime Victim Support

Beyond Reflections supports anyone who has been a victim of transphobic hate crime. Our hate crime support staff listen in confidence and empower you to take the next steps to reporting and recovery. Counselling and group work provide safe spaces to deal with the mental health impacts of hate crime. Email report.hate@beyond-reflections.org.uk to speak to an advisor.

Your adviser will discuss your options with you. You can report the incident directly to the police yourself, report with the support of our adviser or we can make the report for you. As a third party hate crime reporting centre, we can make anonymous reports, so you don’t need to worry about your identity being disclosed.

Why victims need support to report

Victims of transphobic hate crime can report an incident to the police directly, but for various reasons may choose not to:

  • Fear of being Outed. Trans+ people may not wish to report the incident because they are afraid of being “outed”, especially if the case goes to trial.
  • Little Chance of Prosecution. Often hate crimes are fleeting and opportunistic, for example verbal abuse being yelled from a passing van, or a nasty comment by a passer-by in the high street.
  • It happens all the time. Transphobic hate crime is significantly under reported because for visible trans+ people it just happens all the time.
  • It’s getting worse. Transphobic hate crime has been rising steadily since 2016 so victims may see no point in reporting
  • Workload. The victim may be a busy person and simply may not have the incentive to report an incident that takes time, effort and emotion. Sometimes it’s easier to try to forget about it.

The impact of reporting

The police record all reports of transphobic hate crime locally and nationally. All forces have a statutory duty to investigate transphobic hate crime and work to reduce it. If you make even a small report about a transphobic sticker in a public place this supplies essential data which influences police resourcing.

Talking to an adviser, a facilitator or your counsellor will help you process what happened to you. This helps with healing.

Our advisers sit on third party hate crime network groups. They highlight to city officials where urgent action needs to be taken to make areas safe. We do the reporting, so you don’t have to. We have made retail and leisure spaces safe through identifying where training is required.

Victim support

Your adviser will talk to you about your options. You can join Beyond Reflections to access our groups and counselling and you can access support from Victim Support.

 

What else do Beyond Reflections do to reduce hate crime?

Hate Crime is unacceptable in modern society. Everyone has the right to live free of persecution. Beyond Reflections has a social duty to challenge hate crime, to help bring perpetrators to prosecution and to make our world a better place. Our work helps trans+ people live safely and securely.

We attend network meetings, engage with police forces, and raise awareness of the impacts of hate crime. Through our engagement with wider society we educate people about the lived experience of being gender diverse. This breaks down the barriers to empathy and acceptance which drive the hate and fear behind transphobia.

Making hate crime stop

Reporting hate crime to the police means trans+ people can get the support they may need, and brings offenders to justice so they cannot harm other people.

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