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Summary: Transgender and Crime and Justice

Image of police talking to members of the publicSummary: Transgender and Crime and Justice

Offence aggravations
  • Offence aggravation data indicate that in 2015-16, 7 people were convicted in Scottish courts of an offence with an associated transgender aggravation. Six of these were for charges of breach of the peace.

Source: Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2015-16 (Table 13)

A survey of 71 respondents show that:

  • 46% of respondents had previously experienced transphobic abuse in domestic relationships: mostly this took the form of verbal abuse but 17% experienced threatening behaviour; 11% experienced physical abuse and six percent experienced sexual abuse.
  • 62% of respondents stated that they had experienced transphobic harassment from strangers in public places who perceived them to be Transgender: mostly this took the form of verbal abuse but 31% experienced threatening behaviour, 17% experienced physical assault and four percent experienced sexual assault.
  • Although 38% did not describe experiencing transphobic harassment from strangers, it must be taken into account that 23% of respondents stated they have never been perceived to be Transgender by any strangers. Therefore, just 15% of respondents had been perceived as Transgender by strangers on one or more occasion but never experienced any transphobic harassment.
  • Only 15% of respondents had ever reported any transphobic harassment to the police. Of those 11 respondents, only five stated they were satisfied with the response they received from the police.

External Source: Transgender Experience in Scotland reported in
Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Evidence Review (2013)

The research above has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers.


Useful Links 

Transgender Page

Crime and Justice Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2015-16 (Table 13)

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Evidence Review (2013)

A comprehensive review of the available evidence in relation to LGBT equality.

External Links

External Links

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Transgender Experience in Scotland Scottish Transgender Alliance (2008)

Out of Sight, Out of Mind?: Transgender People’s Experience of Domestic Abuse

Stonewall Scotland

Equality Network

Statistics in more details


Crime & Justice


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