Research has consistently shown that transgender people experience high levels of hate crime, that is verbal, physical, sexual assault and other crime perpetrated against them because they are trans.
The Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Act 2009 allows stiffer penalties to be imposed on people who commit crimes motivated by prejudice based on transgender identity. Importantly, it is the perception of the perpetrator which is taken into account not the identity of the victim. This means that whether the victim identifies as trans or not, if the perpetrator’s actions are motivated by the perception that the victim is trans then the legislation applies.
The police in Scotland have done a great deal of work to reach out to trans communities and encourage people to report hate crime. Remote reporting allows people to report a hate crime through an other organisation, without speaking directly to the police.
The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing provides a range of community safety services including remote reporting. Click this link to be taken to their website for more information.