This report reveals that one in six lesbian, gay and bisexual people – 630,000 - have been the victim of a homophobic hate crime or incident over the last three years. It finds that gay people still suffer abuse in all areas of their life – from strangers, neighbours, workmates and even family. The abuse ranges from verbal insults and harassment to physical assault.
The picture is similar across Britain. Most victims do not report abuse and, if they do turn to the police, they have low expectations that anyone will listen or act. Many of those who engage with the criminal justice system come away dissatisfied as so many crimes and incidents are reported but not followed up. There has been some real progress in tackling hate crimes in recent years but this research demonstrates starkly that much more needs to be done.