Homophobic, biphobic or transphobic motivated hate incidents
What a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic motivated incident is, how to report it and what to do if you need support.
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.
Making an anonymous report and getting support and advice
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:
- use the Police's online reporting form
- call 101
Always dial 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.
To contact your local team for advice, you can:
- call 01273 404929
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.