“Tackling Hate Crime” Guide Highlights Biphobia

A set of new resources on tackling hate crime includes a welcome publication on addressing biphobia and biphobic hate crime.

It’s been produced by a network of LGBT organisations including the bisexuality research and theory group BiUK.

It’s downloadable here.

Aimed at service providers such as local police services, the report notes:

Service providers should treatany criminal offence or non-criminal incident as biphobic if the person who experienced or witnessed the incident feels it was motivated by biphobia. Biphobic hate crime can  include verbal, physical or sexual abuse from the perpetrator.

Because people’s bisexual identity is not always visible to strangers, biphobic abuse can often be concentrated in settings where the victim and perpetrator know each other. They could be relatives, friends or acquaintances and the hate crime could be domestic abuse or unwanted sexual touching.

Crimes like these are less easy to recognise but it is important to record and tackle them in a manner that recognises their motivation. To qualify to be recorded as a hate crime, the incident need not have involved use of biphobic language.