The New South Wales Police Force takes the issue of bias motivated crime seriously and encourages the reporting of all incidents. The available evidence suggests that during periods of high visibility eg Mardi Gras festival season, there may also be an increased risk of abuse and even violence. Please take note of the safety tips below to look after yourself and your friends. Report anti-social and violent behaviours to the police immediately.
Harm to the victim and the community
- Awareness is your best defence.
- Remove yourself from a situation if you think, or feel, something is wrong with it. Listen to your instincts.
- Walk near the curb and avoid parked cars, side streets and alleys
- Be aware of who is in front of, and behind you
- Cross the street if you feel threatened
- Be aware of who gets off public transport with you
- Have your keys in your hand before you reach your car or your home
Plan Your Night
- If you are going out and "frocking up" for the night (for example, in ‘drag’ or something revealing) wear something over your outfit, such as a jacket or overcoat, or consider changing at your destination
- Catch a taxi to and from your destination
- Arrange to meet people and walk there together.
What To Do If You Are Attacked
- Verbal harassment may be a prelude to an attack. It can be upsetting and embarrassing to be called offensive names, and it can also be a reflexive response to return the insult. Try to avoid this.
- If you are a victim of assault you should:
- Be assertive, but not aggressive
- Remain calm
- If trouble starts, yell to draw attention to your situation
- Create distance between yourself and danger by running to safety.
Do Not Be A Silent Witness
- Call the police on Triple Zero (000)
- Avoid physical intervention, but try to scare off the attacker/s
- Intervene safely – gather people to the scene, blow a whistle if you have one or yell to attract attention. Offenders are rarely proud enough of their actions that they will continue with an audience
- If you see or hear someone being attacked, DO SOMETHING, do not ignore it.
Reporting The Crime
- Fear of reprisals,
- Mistrust of police,
- Fear of being "outed" as a result of participating in the court process, and/or
- The perception that the incident is not serious enough to report to police.