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What if it happens to you? 

If you have been the victim of hate violence, there are a number of steps you can take.

  • Get medical attention
    Go to the Accident and Emergency ward of the nearest hospital or your GP, even if you do not believe that you have been seriously injured. Do this as soon after an assault as possible.

  • Document the incident
    Keep as accurate as possible records of the incident(s). If you've been assaulted - don't shower, wash or change your clothes - if you do you may be destroying vital evidence. Document physical injuries with photographs and keep any written harassment you receive. Keep a diary of the time and date of harassing phone calls. If harassing messages have been left on your answering machine, keep the tape.

  • Take care of yourself
    Talking about the incident to supportive friends, family members or a partner can be helpful. People react in different ways to trauma, so accept your feelings and reactions to what has happened. You may find it helpful to discuss the incident with someone else, for example a counsellor at the Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

    Remember, you are not responsible for what has happened and no one has the the right to abuse or assault you.

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