NI: PSNI figures for homophobic crime 2013/2014 up 14% on last year

psni photoHomophobic crimes are on the rise in Northern Ireland, according to new figures released by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

PSNI figures show reported homophobic incidents overall have gone up from 245 in 2012/2013, to 280 for 2013/2014.

Violent homophobic crimes numbered 133 for this year, as opposed to 103 last year.

The PSNI also revealed that the totals have been increasing year on year since 2006/2007.

Across the rest of the UK, police departments have also shown a rise in figures for homophobic incidents and more serious homophobic crimes.

The PSNI have an ongoing advertising campaign which is aimed at increasing awareness of hate crimes, and to encourage reporting of such crimes.

Advertisements carry a simple message:

“Nobody deserves this and nobody deserves to get away with it”.

The ads also carry photographic images representing the five main areas of hate crime – racist, homophobic, sectarianism, religion and crimes against people with disabilities.

In 2008, the advertisements appeared on billboards, adshels, buses, posters in retail and community premises, beermats and in washrooms in pubs and clubs across the province.

 

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