Bias Incident Survey
The Matthew Shepard Foundation is looking to collect data on hate crimes or bias-motivated incidents in Denver and the surrounding areas. We are looking to gather information on the location and type of crimes that have been taking place so that we can compare it to the FBI’s national hate crimes report. As a member of one of the potential target groups, the Foundation is asking you to complete this survey with as much detail as possible if you were a victim between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

The results from the survey will be used internally by the Foundation in its advocacy work on bias-motivated incidents and in preparing public outreach materials. The Foundation will be sharing the results of the survey with other organizations, such as other social justice organizations, researchers, and government agencies. All survey responses will be collected on an anonymous basis, and none of the results shared with other organizations will contain information which could identify individual survey participants.

If you have questions or concerns about this survey, you may contact the principal investigator for the project, Stephen M. Griffin, PhD, at, or Jason Marsden at
Thank you for your participation in the survey.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation

Instruction: The following questions concern your experience with bias motivated incidents during the period January 1, 2017 through December, 31, 2017. Please limit your responses to the questions in this section to your experience during that period.
Question 1: For the purposes of this survey, a Hate Crime or Bias-Motivated Incident is defined as an incident in which a person is targeted because of their known gender, sexuality, race, religion, disability, ancestry, or immigration status. Keeping this in mind, have you suffered, while a resident or visitor of Denver and the surrounding areas, an incident or crime because of any of the above?
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If you answered “Yes” to Question 1, please continue on to next section and Question 2.
If you answered “No” to Question 1, please skip to the Section 3 and Question 7
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