What can you do if you witness a LGBTQ+ hate crime? Here are three ways you can be an ally and support someone. 

1) If it’s safe, check they are OK 

If you see a hate crime take place, the first thing you should do, if it’s safe to do so, is approach the person who experienced the hate crime and see if they are OK. Ask them if they are hurt or injured. If you feel like you are in danger, don’t physically intervene.

2) Ask if they want help getting somewhere safe 

If they want, you can escort the person where possible to a safe space. This could be a populated area like a café or retail outlet, or any venue where they don’t feel alone. If they want to be taken to a police station or hospital, then ask them if they want to call the emergency services, or take them if it’s nearby. They may feel fragile or upset, so changing location may help them feel safe. However, if it’s a crime scene, sometimes it is best to stay where you are and support them until the emergency services arrive. Your safety is also paramount, so if you don’t feel comfortable, suggest they contact a friend or family to meet them.

3) Ask if they want to call someone or report it 

The person who has experienced the hate crime may not feel comfortable contacting the authorities, so it’s best not to assume. Ask them if they want to call the police and suggest reporting the hate crime at a later date if they decline. Offer to help them contact friends or family to come and meet them. 

In an emergency: Dial 999 

In a non-emergency: Dial 101 

Online: True Vision www.report-it.org.uk 

Self Evident (Police reporting app): www.witnessconfident.org/self-evident-app 

On Public Transport: 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 

Anonymously: Crimestoppers 0800 555 111