A homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate incident is defined as

"Any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity."

This means that a hate incident is when anyone feels they have been picked on or targeted because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). This can also be called homophobia, biphobia or transphobia.

Who can I report an LGBT hate incident to?

If you have experienced a hate incident please talk to someone straight away who will act to support and help protect you. For example, you can contact a police officer, teacher, housing officer or employer.

Brighton & Hove residents can report hate crime to the community safety team helpline 01273 292735. The helpline is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (not including public holidays) and run by the community safety team, a partnership jointly run by Brighton & Hove City Council and Sussex Police. 

In an emergency call 999.

Find out more about reporting LGB and Transphobic hate incidents on the safe in the city website.

Making an anonymous report and getting support and advice

LGBT Switchboard

If you want someone to report on your behalf or want to speak to someone before you make a report, talk in confidence to Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard. They will always respect your privacy.

Making a report anonymously

You can make anonymous reports to the police online at www.report-it.org.uk. True Vision’ self reporting packs are available in LGBT venues, police stations, council offices and libraries throughout the city.

Brighton and Hove Police Prevention Team 

The Brighton and Hove Prevention Team works closely with the community to ensure that cases of hate crime are dealt with appropriately, to keep victims updated and to offer support where needed.

Report a crime or incident

To report a crime or incident to the police, you can:

Always dial 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.


To contact your local team for advice, you can:

Please note, local teams do not take crime reports.

LGBT Community Safety Officer

Call 01273 294638

The LGBT Community Safety Officer is part of the Partnership Community Safety Team

Local LGBT advice services

Find out more about local advice services for the LGBT community in Brighton & Hove.