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(updated 30/09/12)

(Information from Strathclyde Police)
On Foot Using a Car
Carry a personal alarm
Carry belongings close to you
Use well lit roads
Avoid short cuts such as alleys
Face oncoming traffic
If you think you are being followed, cross the road
Be aware when using personal stereos or mobiles
LADIES - keep your house keys on your person, not in you handbag
Avoid poorly lit car parks
Hide Valuables
Shut Windows and lock doors when you have
Keep keys handy when returning
Never leave keys in ignition when car is unattended
Don’t leave documents inside
Using Public Transport Using Taxis
Plan your Journey
Avoid bus stops that are isolated
Be aware of people around you while at bus stops
Sit in the lower deck of a double decker bus
Sit beside the driver or beside the emergency exit
If someone makes you feel uneasy, move to another seat
Only black hackney taxis can be hailed
Keep a note of telephone number
Book taxi in advance
Ask for drivers details when booking
Take a note of the licence plate number
Never disclose personal details to the driver
Have your house keys ready before alighting
Buddy System Alcohol
Use it on nights out or when working late
Appoint a “Buddy”
Give the Buddy your telephone number
Check in with the Buddy once home
The Buddy can contact those who haven’t checked in
Drink Slowly and space out your drinks with soft drinks
Decide on a limit and stick to it
Keep an eye on your drink
If you walk away from your drink, don’t go back to it.
Prevent Identity Theft In Essence
Never let your credit and or debit card/s out of your sight
Check cashline machines before using them
Don’t keep your pin number beside your bank card
Never let your credit and or debit card/s out of your sight
Check cashline machines before using them
Don’t keep your pin number beside your bank card    Don’t take risks
Trust your instincts
Be sensible and aware
Be confident and keep safe

Third Party Reporting
If you are apprehensive to go to the Police to report an incident of Hate Crime or anything else, you can report it through a Third Party. This is also known as Remote Reporting.

Please use the link to the Strathclyde Police and click the link to Reporting Hate Crime. There you can report a Hate Crime online, download a Hate Crime form and view or download Third Party locations where you can leave your filled-in form.

Please use the Link below to gain access a map and links to all of the Scottish Police Forces.

Important: If you believe you have been targeted because of your Transgender identity or because of your Sexual orientation, Race, Religion, or Disability or witness something you believe is motivated by prejudice like this, please consider reporting it to the police.

If you don't want to to contact the police directly you can get in touch through a Third Party Reporting Centre. You can view a PDF copy of a leaflet that includes information and details of these by clicking here: Hate Crime Leaflet March 2012

For further information visit:

Please - report any Hate Crime, be it Verbal, Physical or Graffiti, or a combination of those that you may be a victim of.

Don't be afraid of the Police - They are on Our Side.

We don't want these crimes to go being un-noticed by the Police - Help Them to Help You.

We don't want Transphobia and Homphobia to persist ruining our lives.


Domestic Abuse

Any form of physical, sexual or mental and emotional abuse which might amount to criminal conduct and which takes place within the context of a close relationship. The relationship will be between partners (married, cohabiting or otherwise) or ex-partners. The abuse can be committed in the home or elsewhere.

Domestic abuse comes in many forms, but at the core is the need for power, the ability to control or dominate a partner. This can be physical, sexual, mental or emotional abuse and it is rarely a one-off.
For example, has your partner or ex-partner ever:

Made you feel threatened or nervous?
Inflicted upon you any form of physical harm?
Forced you to engage in sexual acts that you are not comfortable with?

Although many of the tactics used in abusive relationships are universal, there are specific behaviours that reflect the larger context of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and hetrosexism surrounding LGBT relationships, for example:
Threats to reveal your HIV or AIDS status

Threats to 'out' you to your family, friends or work
Threats to jeopardise custody of children because of your sexual orientation.

Strathclyde Police recognises the needs of our diverse community and includes consideration of sexual orientation. All victims and their families are treated in a fair, sensitive and ethical manner with a consistency of approach, while taking into account the needs of the individual.

If you live in the Strathclyde area and are experiencing domestic abuse, Strathclyde Police has the ability to help protect you from further abuse. Strathclyde Police has many specially trained plainclothes domestic abuse liaison officers, based in your local area, who can offer you confidential information, support and practical help.

To report incidents of domestic abuse, you can:
Contact your local police office
Report confidentially to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
In an emergency, always call 999
For more advice or information, visit -

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National Domestic Abuse Helpline          0800 027 1234

Scottish Women's Aid                                               
Rape Crisis Scotland                              0808 8010302
Men's Advice Line                                 0808 8010327