Police launch survey on LGBT crime rate

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A SURVEY has been launched asking lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people their experience of crime.

Hampshire Constabulary is trying to gauge how the LGBT community is affected by domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault.

It comes as two officers from the force attended a conference in Manchester yesterday.

PC Darryl Clarke said: ‘This is the constabulary’s biggest snapshot yet of how LGBT communities are affected by these issues and the level of under-reporting.

‘It is known from our work with partner agencies that there is a significant under-reporting from the community around these issues, and the survey seeks to understand the reasons.

‘From some initial responses, it seems that some people do not know that they have been the victim of these incidents or do not come to realise until later on after the event, perhaps when a relationship has ended.’

PC Clarke said under-reporting remains a problem.

He added: ‘Fairness, integrity and respect reinforces our commitment to give greater confidence to victims and witnesses of homophobic and transphobic abuse.’

Complete the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/FJGR2GS