Transgender people are “significantly more likely” to have been a victim of crime in England and Wales in the past year.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report, people whose gender identity had changed since birth, were twice as likely to have been a crime victim.
It’s the first time ONS analysis has included the gender identity of victims in its Crime Survey – adding the extra question between October 1 2019 and March 18 2020 as part of a trial.
More than one in four people who were transgender (28 per cent) had experienced crime compared with 14 per cent of cisgender individuals – those whose gender identity is the same as their sex registered at birth.
The ONS Crime Survey is a nationally representative sample questionnaire of around 50,000 people.
The report found just over one in five (21 per cent) of people who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual experienced crime during the period surveyed.
This compares with 14 per cent of people who identified as heterosexual or straight.