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Legal Services Department
Highland Annex

Contact us to report a hate crime or for victim assistance. Whether or not you decide to report the crime to the police, it may help to talk to an advocate about what happened. All victim services are free and confidential.

Click here to e-mail the Anti-Violence Project. Call 800-373-2227 for English or 877-963-4666 for Spanish.

Spanish-speaking staff and volunteers are available in all Legal Services programs.

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People who are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and/or HIV-positive are often targeted for hate crimes and hate incidents. If you have been the victim of violence, threats, harassment or vandalism, the Center’s Anti-Violence Project can help you.
As the largest victim-services program of its kind in Southern California, the project offers the following resources:
  • Crisis and follow-up counseling

  • Detailed documentation and reporting of the hate crimes and hate incidents

  • Advocacy with law enforcement agencies, service providers and employers

  • Restraining order preparation

  • Accompaniment to court
  • Assistance in securing compensation under California’s Victims of Crime Program

  • Attorney consultations

  • Referrals to long-term mental health services

  • Advocacy and bias-prevention programming to combat hate violence and harassment against youth in schools
  • About Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents

    Violence, threats and vandalism motivated by your sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status are hate crimes, and California has laws to protect you.

    Incidents such as name-calling, the display of hate symbols, and circulating offensive materials do not rise to the level of criminal acts. However, hate incidents can escalate into hate crimes, and reporting hate incidents alerts us and law enforcement to important trends.

    If you have been the victim of a hate crime or hate incident, you may feel scared and powerless, but there are steps you can take to protect and empower yourself. 

    What can I do if I’ve been the victim of a hate crime or hate incident?
    • Make detailed notes as soon as possible, and include any hateful speech used against you.

    • Document your injuries and/or damage to your property with photographs.
    • Report what happened to law enforcement. As a victim, you are entitled to a police report, which will be helpful if you decide to press charges. Include in your report as much detail as possible, including hateful language used against you. 
       
       
       
       
     
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