ABOUT HATE CRIMES AGAINST LGBTQI+ PEOPLE IN DENMARK

In 2018, Danish police registered 74 hate crimes against LGBTQI+ people. According to activists and organizations that fight for LGBTQI+ rights, however, the real number is much higher, and LGBT+ Danmark receives several reports a week of discrimination in public spaces.

 

"Hate crimes are physical, psychological, and verbal assaults, made by people against others based on assumptions or knowledge about their person. Anyone can be the victim of a hate crime, but it is often people who either have a different ethnic background, religion, political persuasion, gender, or sexuality. In other words, most victims belong to a minority group."

 

Source: LGBT+ Danmark

 

"Based on the survey of victims in Danish National Police's report on hate crimes in 2018, the conclusion can be drawn that 3% of victims of violence report that the violence against them was related to homo- or transphobia. That means that 1.500 - 2.500 people between the ages of 16 and 74 are annually victims of violence based on their sexuality.”

 

Source: Hate Crimes in 2018 - Danish National Police's annual report on hate crimes

 

"Studies show that victims of hate crimes usually don't believe reporting will make a difference. They also fear that filing a report will have negative, personal consequences. The most important weapon in the fight against hate crimes is therefore to inform and support people and public authorities to shine a light on hate crimes so they can be fought and avoided."

 

Source: Danish Institute for Human Rights