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Stop The Hate

Equality California Institute’s Stop the Hate program recognizes that hate crimes and hate incidents in California have egregious effects on the LGBTQ+ community. The need to provide survivors of anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes with resources that are safe, inclusive, and affirming is imperative.  Throughout its history, Equality California has supported initiatives and legislation that aim to reduce anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes.  The Stop the Hate program continues this work by engaging with communities, organizations, and government agencies to create and recommend prevention and intervention strategies that mitigate hate crimes in California. 

Stop the Hate is an initiative by the California Department of Social Services to provide support and services to victims and survivors of hate incidents and hate crimes and their families and facilitate hate incident or hate crime prevention measures.

A hate crime is a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity. 

  • In California, reported hate crime events involving sexual orientation bias increased 47.8% in 2021.
  • In 2021, 16.7% of hate crimes reported in California were motivated by sexual orientation bias, and 2.3% were motivated by anti-trans and gender nonconforming bias. 
  • Transgender people (16+) are victimized over 4x more often than cisgender people.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics notes that during 2017-2020: 

  • About 58% of violent victimizations of lesbian or gay persons were reported to police.
  • The rate of violent victimization of lesbian or gay persons was more than two times the rate for straight persons. 
  • The rate of violent victimization against transgender persons was 2.5 times the rate among cisgender persons.
  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911 
  • Seek medical attention for any injuries
  • Document the incident, including the exact words spoken, as soon as possible
  • Photograph property damage 
  • Save any evidence that might help in the apprehension of the criminal

*If you decide to report a hate crime to the police, you DO NOT have to reveal your sexual orientation, religious preference or national origin.

California Victims’ Bill of Rights – Marsy’s Law (2008) outlines 17 rights for victims of crime. Included among those rights are:

  • The right to be treated with fairness and respect for your privacy and dignity
  • The right to reasonable protection from the defendant
  • The right to restitution
  • The right to tell the court how the crime has impacted your life before the defendant’s sentencing
Bystander Intervention is the practice of recognizing potentially harmful incidents and safely responding in a way that could positively influence the outcome. 

Understanding the Do’s and Don’ts of Bystander Intervention will help to prevent further harm from a hate incident.  Before you Intervene:

  • DO make your presence known
  • DO take cues from the individual being harassed
  • DO keep you both safe
  • DON’T call the police unless specifically asked by the individual being harassed 
  • DON’T escalate the situation 

5 D’s of Bystander Intervention

  • DISTRACT – Try to derail the incident by interrupting it
  • DELEGATE – Get help from a nearby willing third party
  • DOCUMENT – If you’ve assessed safety and the individual being harassed is already receiving assistance, it can be helpful to record the situation.  
  • DELAY – In the event you cannot help during the harassment, check-in with the person that was harassed about safety and needed support. 
  • DIRECT – If you and the individual being harassed are physically safe, and escalation is unlikely, respond directly to the aggressor and ask them to stop.


  • Call 833-8-NO-HATE or visit CAvsHate.org

  • California Attorney General’s Victims’ Services Unit 

(877) 433-9069 or VictimServices@doj.ca.gov

  • California Fair Employment & Housing Commission Hate Crime Help Line

213-439-6799 or www.dfeh.ca.gov 

  • American Friends Service Committee

(215) 241-7000 or www.afsc.org

  • Right to Be


Equality California on the Release of 2023 Hate Crime in California Report


  • American Friends Service Committee. (2022). How to Intervene is Someone is Being Harassed. Retrieved from American Friends Service Committee: https://www.afsc.org/bystanderintervention
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Dept. of Justice. (2022, June). Violent Victimization by Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, 2017-2020. Retrieved from Bureau of Justice Statistics: https://bjs.ojp.gov/content/pub/pdf/vvsogi1720.pdf
  • California Department of Justice, California Justice Information Services Division Justice Data, & Investigative Services Bureau Criminal Justice Statistics Center. (2021). Hate Crime in California 2021. Retrieved from Office of Attorney General, California Department of Justice : https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press-docs/Hate%20Crime%20In%20CA%202021%20FINAL.pdf
  • County of Santa Clara, The Office of the District Attorney Jeff Rosen. (2021, August). Civil Rights Violations, Hate Crime, Civil Remedies. Retrieved from https://countyda.sccgov.org/sites/g/files/exjcpb1121/files/documents/Hates%20Crime%20ENG%20-VER%20%200821.pdf
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations. (2021). FBI: What We Investigate – Hate Crimes. Retrieved from Federal Bureau of Investigations: https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/hate-crimes
  • Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice. (2022). Victims’ Bill of Rights. Retrieved from Office of Attorney General, California Department of Justice: https://oag.ca.gov/victimservices/content/bill_of_rights
  • Right to Be. (2022). The 5 Ds of Bystander Intervention. Retrieved from Right to Be: https://righttobe.org/guides/bystander-intervention-training/
  • Williams Institute. (2021, March 23). UCLA School of Law: Williams Institute. Retrieved from Transgender people over four times more likely than cisgender people to be victims of violent crime: https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/ncvs-trans-press-release/

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