Galop, the anti-violence charity based in London, has reported that the number of people seeking help from them after homophobic hate crimes has more than doubled.
The charity says 106 people sought help from them between June and August, compared to just 52 between March and May.
Nik Noone, Chief Executive of Galop, told Pink News:
We’ve seen the number of people getting in touch with our hate crime advocacy service more than double in recent months.
Though one person facing hate crime is one too many, we see this rise in people getting in touch as a cause for optimism and are proud of our part in helping empower people to speak up about their experiences and access assistance.”
The National LGBT Hate Crime Partnership is made up of 35 organisations around the UK, including Galop, and reports that other LGBT hate crime groups are also receiving an increased amount of reports.
Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of the LGBT Consortium who lead the partnership, said:
From what our members are telling us, it seems that this picture is being mirrored across other parts of the UK.
The message is getting out that LGBT people don’t have to put up with being targeted. We know, however, that service provision is patchy across the
UK and so not everyone can access the help they need, particularly in rural communities.
It’s important that these crimes are reported so that the police have a clear picture and can tackle the issue. There are a number of ways in which
people can do that anonymously, if they don’t feel able to approach the police directly, for whatever reason.”