Big rise in transgender and homophobic hate crime figures, new Home Office data reveals

Big rise in transgender and homophobic hate crime figures, new Home Office data reveals
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Posted on 15 Oct 2019

Official Home Office data published today has revealed that hate crimes against transgender people in England and Wales are growing at a faster rate than for any other protected group.


There was also a 25 percent rise in hate crimes based on sexual orientation. 

The new figures show that there were 2,333 reports of hate crimes against transgender people from April 2018 to March of this year. In 2017/2018, there were 1,703.


Twenty-seven percent of anti-trans hate crime reports were for violent offences, 24% for stalking & harassment, and 39% for other public order offences.

Responding to the new data, the Home Office said: “In 2018/19, the police recorded 14,491 sexual orientation hate crimes (up 25 percent compared with the previous year), 8,256 disability hate crimes (up 14 percent) and 2,333 transgender identity hate crimes (up 37 percent).


“These large percentage increases across all three strands are partly due to the smaller number of these crimes.

“However, they may also suggest that increases are due to the improvements made by the police in their identification and recording of these hate crime offences and more people coming forward to report these crimes, rather than a genuine increase. However, genuine increases cannot be ruled out.”

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