YouGov research has shown that one in six lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced a homophobic hate crime or incident in the last three years. And three in four of those didn’t report them to the police.
Blow the Whistle gives clear, concise information for people who are victims of homophobic hate crime. The guide explains what homophobic hate crime is, why hate crime should be reported and what to say when reporting it. A third of victims don’t report incidents because they don’t think the police would or could do anything about it.
More than 100,000 copies of Blow the whistle will be distributed through bars and clubs, student unions, ACPO and Citizens Advice Bureaux.
My partner and I as civil union parters live in West Berkshire and have come across the most prolific and abusive area of hate crime we have known. The Thames valley police have proven to be apathetic and totally indifferent, excusing those that have created for us a hostile living environment. I am disabled physically and mentally and literally terrified to venture alone outside our rental property after recently nearly being run over in my wheelchair by these homophobic abusers. We have been informed by the police that they have difficulties investigating our complaints because we have had to complain about the police indifference etc. Now for the sake of our health and sanity we must look at moving, something we will find financially very difficult to have to do.
Gary, 03 January 2011
I found the police to be brilliantly supportive in my case, so the more people feel able to report the better
JonB, 17 December 2010
Thanks so much Stonewall. This cleared a great deal up for me.
Ryan, 01 April 2010
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