Is it against the law?
Yes. People who commit hate crime can be prosecuted in the courts. They can be evicted from their homes, fined, be subject to an ASBO or be imprisoned for anything from 6 months to 14 years depending upon the severity of the crime.
Where can I go for help?
If you are a victim or a witness of a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender hate crime you can get help from the following agencies:
Police: 999 or 101 in a non-emergency
Call the police or call into any police station. In an emergency dial 999.
Lambeth Police LGBT & Hate Crime Coordinator/Liaison Officer: 07824 474 003
Lambeth Council Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting Line: 0207 926 4000
Lambeth Council’s ASB Reporting Line is available weekdays 9am to 6pm. Outside of these hours please leave a message and we will get back to you. If you do not wish to leave your details you can report anonymously.
Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
Housing: If you are a Council or Housing Association tenant you can report and incident to your Housing Officer.
Galop non-police reporting: 020 7704 2040
Lambeth Community Safety Service:
Lambeth Council Online reporting form http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/hatecrime.
Lambeth Victim Support: 020 7820 0007
An independent charity with a dedicated hate crimes officer in Lambeth, offering emotional support, practical advice and liaison with other organisations whether or not the crime is reported to the police.