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OTR’s Freedom works in partnership with Bristol Hate Crime and Discrimination Service’s as their LGBTQ+, supporting victims of Hate crime and Discrimination. We are one of six organisations working together to support all victims of hate crime across Bristol.
How do I get help?
What support will I get?
How do I know if I have been a victim of a hate crime?
A hate crime is a crime that is motivated by prejudice against someone because of who they are. If you have been targeted or abused because of your race, ethnicity, religion, disability (including mental health issues), sexual orientation, or gender identity then you have experienced a hate crime.
What can LGBTQ+ hate crime look like?
- Verbal abuse, such as calling someone anti-LGBTQ+ names.
- Online abuse
- Acting in a threatening or intimidating way
- Physical attacks
- Stealing or damaging your belongings
- Sending abusive or offensive messages
- Sexually threatening or violent behaviour
- Encouraging others to target LGBTQ+ people
You do not have to report to the police and can still receive support from us. Reporting can make a difference in defending your rights but can feel overwhelming, so we can help with the reporting process if you decide you want to.