Policing in Southwark

Local police services are now delivered through Safer Neighbourhood teams, there are 22 Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Southwark. The officers on the Safer Neighbourhoods team spend most of their time out on patrol in the neighbourhood, meeting the community and identifying and dealing with those crimes and issues which the local community identify. Safer Neighbourhoods teams are not there to provide a 24-hour response, this is the role of response team officers. Response team officers do pass on information to Safer Neighbourhoods teams as appropriate.

In an emergency you should dial 999, for all other calls to the Metropolitan Police Service please dial 0300 123 1212

Hate, Homophobic and Transphobic Crime

All of us can be affected by crime or violence, but LGB and T people can also be victimized because of their sexual orientation and gender identity and this is often described as a 'hate crime'.

Hate crimes are directed against people because of some aspect of who they are, most often because they are from an ethnic minority or visible religious minority, or because of their sexuality. Hate crime covers a wide range of behaviour, for example verbal abuse, racist or homophobic graffiti or physical assault. A crime can be classed as a hate crime if the victim or witness sees it as being so.

If you are the victim of what you think is a hate crime, it's not your fault. You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence, whoever you are. You don't have to live with hate crime.

If you are a victim of a hate crime then you can contact the local police.

For an immediate response call 999

Police non-emergency number 0300 123 1212

If you wish to pass on information about those committing hate crimes anonymously, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

The Criminal Prosecution Service have made clear commitments to prosecuting hate crime and have specific information on the processes involved.

 Domestic Violence

The shared police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and government definition of
domestic violence is: 'any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults, aged 18 and over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender and sexuality.'

(Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and
grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step-family.)

The priorities of the Police Service in responding to domestic abuse are as follows:

To protect the lives of both adults and children who are at risk as a result of domestic abuse
To investigate all reports of domestic abuse
To facilitate effective action against offenders so that they can be held accountable through the criminal justice system
To adopt a proactive multi-agency approach in preventing and reducing domestic abuse

Domestic violence is a crime that cuts across all social, cultural and religious boundaries. It has devastating and far-reaching consequences for victims, their families and the wider community.

Broken Rainbow UK is a charity which aims to is to relieve the distress and suffering caused to lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender (hereinafter called "LGBT") people by domestic violence and abuse, in particular but not exclusively by doing the following: Raising awareness in the LGBT community and elsewhere of the impact of homophobic, transphobic and same sex domestic violence on the lives of LGBT people

Offering advice, support and referral services to LGBT people experiencing homophobic, transphobic and same sex domestic violence

Offering information, advice and training to people who are responsible for domestic violence policy and practice in mainstream and specialist organisations, or who are otherwise involved with the survivors and perpetrators of those suffering from domestic violence, with a view to increasing the physical safety and mental well-being of LGBT people who experience such violence or abuse.

Broken Rainbow provide a telephone help line on 0300 999 5428 (Mon 2-8pm: Wed 10-5pm: Thurs 2-8pm)