Report Violence & Discrimination
Reporting an Incident:
CSE maintains an online map to document incidents of anti-LGBT violence and discrimination. This is a tool for our community to report incidents and better document the reality of the LGBT experience in our country. Anyone can submit a report by going to the LGBT Human Rights Crowdmap.
District Attorney’s Office: Contact your local District Attorney’s Office and ask to speak to the Victim Witness Coordinator. This is a service available to the victims of violent crimes and can assist with issues such as compensation for medical care related to injuries.
Federal Authorities: You can also report the incident to federal authorities (the FBI and the Office of the US Attorney). They will document what occurred and determine whether it can be investigated as a hate crime under federal law. Even if it can’t be investigated, making such a report helps the FBI collect more accurate data about violence against LGBT people, which they track nationally. The FBI also offers Victim Services.
- National FBI Office: You can contact the FBI at this link or at (202) 324-3000
- Search for FBI offices by state
- FBI NC Office: (704) 672-6100 or Charlotte.email@example.com
- Search North Carolina Field Offices
Office of the United States Attorney
- Contact the US Attorneys Offices in your state through this link.
District Attorney Office Resources: Local District Attorneys’ Offices should have a Victim Witness Coordinator on staff who can assist you with victim services (e.g. you’ll want to save all receipts from medical care related to the incident, as you may be eligible for restitution).
LGBT-Friendly Support Services:
Across the South: CSE offers short-term, free support services, provided by volunteer attorneys, counselors and clergy. We also offer support in the reporting process to both local and federal authorities. For those needing longer-term support, we provide referrals to LGBT-sensitive resources on the local, state or national level. Contact us at:
In Western NC: Western NC Citizens to End Institutional Bigotry also offers confidential support to those who experience hate crimes and discrimination in Western NC, with decades of experience in this field. To contact them: