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Keywords:

  • Hate crime;
  • LGBT;
  • mental health;
  • survivor;
  • victim

Purpose

The purpose of this paper was to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender-targeted hate crimes and their mental health consequences for the victim and community.

Conclusions

Hate crimes are typically more violent than nonhate-motivated crimes and have more deleterious mental health consequences.

Practice Implications

Thorough assessment coupled with an understanding of the social milieu and the meaning of the experience to the survivor can help the psychiatric nurse partner with the client to select the most appropriate treatment.