Last year it was reported that hate crimes had risen 10% across England and Wales to a record high, amid a surge in transgender attacks.
In 2018-19, the number of recorded transgender incidents was 2,333; a worrying 37% increase.
Hate crime is homophobic, transphobic or biphobic abuse and includes verbal abuse, physical attacks or sexually threatening or violent behaviour.
If you have been threatened, harassed or attacked because you are LGBT+ or the person abusing you believes that you are, you should report the incident to the police as soon as possible.
If you have suffered an injury or mental trauma as a result of a transphobic attack, you can apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for compensation if the crime was committed in the past two years, and if it was reported to the police.
Following a physical attack, take a photo of any visible injuries that you sustained as these may later be used as evidence. Pay-outs for single injuries can be anything up to £250,000.00.
As a victim of a crime you are often given the opportunity to write a victim impact statement, this will allow you to explain not only the emotional impact of the abuse you have experienced, but also the practical impact and financial difficulties that may have arisen, for which you may be entitled to financial compensation, these can include loss of earnings or incurred medical or travel expenses.
Applying for compensation from the CICA can be a complicated and time-consuming process and will require you to include the details of the crime, which you may find distressing.
Our dedicated team can help you through the process and will work hard to secure you the compensation you deserve.
Sally Mallinson-Ayres is experienced in handling CICA cases and will handle your case with compassion and sensitivity.