Documenting Homophobic/Transphobic Attacks

What do we do in the case of a homophobic/transphobic attack?

Violence is any physical, psychological and/or verbal abuse of a person which causes physical and/or mental pain or trauma.

We are careful:

• We keep our eyes open when walking alone

• If we are drunk we ask someone to accompany us

• If someone is waiting for us at home we tell them beforehands that we are on our way

• We trust our gut, if we feel that someone is following us we do not ignore it.

• We avoid routes we are not familiar with and keep a confident body posture.

If we suspect we are under threat:

• We go to a space or location with lights or cameras, e.g. a bank.

• We try to show that we are not on ourselves, for example we call someone on the phone.

• We look around and try to remember faces, lincence plates or whatever may be helpful in identifying someone.

• In the case of a verbal assault which evolves into a physical assault, we try to avoid the confrontation if we feel we are under threat.

If we are in danger:

• We try to draw attention. We yell “Fire!” or use a whistle.

• We try to escape.

• If we are on the ground, we cover our head.

After the incident:

• We report the assault to the police and insist that it is reported as an incident of homophobic or transphobic violence.

• We ask for a copy of the report.

• If there are injuries we go to the hospital and ask for a forensic examination and a relevant report stating the incident.

•We contact the LGBTQ Against Violence Hotline (693 093 8505) or send an email to kataggeile.to@gmail.com. On this line we can ask for people to accompany us to the hospital, the police, or anywhere else.

  • We contact Good As You(th) to report the incident and receive help and support.

If we witness a homophobic incident:

• We call for help and/or call the police.

• We take down details about the perpetrators.

• If we witness psychological/verbal violence, we support the victim and let them know that they are not alone.

• We contact the LGBTQ Against Violence Hotline (693 093 8505) or send an email to kataggeile.to@gmail.com

. From a flyer handed out during the protest against homophobic and transphobic assaults.

Spread the word – we must all be aware!

Source: 4queers

Network for the documentation of racist violence inThessaloniki

• What is it? The network for the documentation of racist violence* is comprised of organizations offering medical, social and legal services as well as communicating with victims of racist violence. It is an initiative realized by the National Commission for Human Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece with the aim of eradicating racist violence. All participants work under confidentiality. Incidents are reported and communicated to the network with no mention of personal details. The network tries to raise public awareness against racism. *An incident of racist violence is defined as a criminal act or violent action or behavior against victims targeted on the basis of their national, ethnic or cultural origin, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Network in Thessaloniki The documentation of incidents takes place every Wednesday (19:30-21:30) at the Steki Metanaston (Immigrant Social Center, Ermou 23) by a team of lawyers working for defending the rights of immigrants and refugees in Greece.

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