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What is a transgender hate crime?

'Transgender hate crimes' and non-crime incidents are acts which target a victim because of the offender's hostility to a transgender person or to transgender people in general.

Any incident or crime which is perceived by the victim to be motivated by hostility to transgender people will be recorded as such. If the offender is to have a sentence enhanced by the court, then prosecutors must provide evidence to prove that, but such proof is not required for recording purposes.

Hate crimes can be committed against a person or property.

A transgender hate crime could target someone who is not themselves transgender and the harmed person could be, for example, the child of a transgender person or someone mistaken as being transgender, so long as the offender was motivated, wholly or partially, by a hostility to transgender people.

You can also see our definition of hate crime on the Hate Crime Data page of this website.

How can I report an incident?

Details on how to report an incident and what you can report is available on the 'Report a hate crime' page. You can complete the online form on the 'Reporting online' page. You may also be able to report incidents through the organisations listed on this website on the 'Organisations that can help' page.

By reporting it, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else.

Reporting makes a difference... to you, your friends, your community and your life.

How will the police and CPS treat transgender hate crime?

The police and other criminal justice agencies consider all hate crime to be very serious, including transgender hate crime. When a case is prosecuted, the courts can impose a stronger sentence under powers from Section 66 of the Sentencing Act 2020. This reflects the priority placed on these crimes.

The Police have performance targets and measures in place to ensure the service they offer is of the highest standard.

The Crown Prosecution Service is the organisation that takes cases through the court system. They have produced guidance on Transgender Hate Crime that is available on the 'Prosecuting hate crimes' page of this website 


Our partners Galop are a charity that exist to protect LGBT+ victims and to help organisations like the police to improve their services. They have produced a range of services which may be of interest including;

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