What you can do

​Hate crime

A hate crime means that if someone commits a crime against you because of your race, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity or disability, they can get a tougher sentence. You don't have to prove that they hate you, just that they're hostile.

Hate crime resources

How to report hate crime: 10 reasons why you really should

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Don't let them get away with it

Tell someone poster

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The police want to know

LGBT People’s experiences of Hate Crime

Stonewall Scotland's new research into lesbian, gay and bisexual people's experiences of hate crime shows that LGBT people still suffer abuse in all areas of their life - from strangers, neighbours, workmates and even family.

One in six lesbian, gay and bisexual people have been a victim of homophobic hate crime in the last three years. Three in four of these crimes are not reported to the police.

Homophobic Hate Crime (2013)

Homophobic Hate Crime: Scotland Cornerstone Document

Protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Scotland - A practical guide for police

Stonewall Scotland is working with Police Scotland and other major criminal justice agencies to ensure that LGBT people can feel safe and supported in reporting hate crimes and incidents.