The Zoteria app - from the Vodafone Foundation, Galop, and Stonewall - aims to make it easier for anyone to report hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people and to access support.
Vodafone Foundation, the company’s charitable arm, today unveiled Zoteria, a new app to help the LGBTQ+ community and the wider public to come together and tackle LGBTQ+ hate crime*.
Zoteria enables people to report hate crime incidents, either against themselves or on behalf of someone else, and access support from LGBTQ+ charities. It also aims to improve the reporting of trends relating to LGBTQ+ hate crime, and so build a more accurate picture of the issue across the UK. Zoteria is free to download via app stores now.
The launch of Zoteria follows record rises in LGBTQ+ hate crime reports in England and Wales, with recent government statistics showing a 41% increase in homophobic and biphobic hate incidents – and a 56% increase in transphobic hate incidents – compared to last year**.
The app, developed by Vodafone Foundation in partnership with UK LGBTQ+ anti-abuse and rights charities Galop and Stonewall, comes as new research*** from Vodafone found that over two-thirds (68%) of LGBTQ+ respondents had been victims of hate crime in the last year, and more than a quarter (27%) had been physically injured by an attack.
But three quarters (75%) of respondents say they haven’t reported the incident because they felt it was too minor (53%) or didn’t trust the authorities to take it seriously or do anything about it (42%). An overwhelming 87% of LGBTQ+ said they would welcome a simple method, like an app, to access help and advice and report such incidents.