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Hate crime: new insights, new solutions

Friday 3 October 2014

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The evidence base on hate crime continues to grow in the UK and internationally. The Leicester Hate Crime Project for example, recently launched the report of its two-year research, the largest primary study to date looking at hate crime.The team has been able to expand upon the range of victim groups and experiences typically covered within conventional studies of hate crime, thereby giving a voice to victims who have tended to be peripheral or ‘invisible’ within research and policy. There is a wealth of new insights, and it is vital that we act upon them to bring about improvement in our response to hate crime.

I have been fortunate in having the opportunity to work at the nexus of evidence, policy and practice; and have supported a number of police services and local authorities to improve systems and response. More recently, my efforts have focussed on the role of healthcare agencies in supporting hate crime victims and helping to prevent hate crimes. Until such time as other agencies see hate crime as something they can and should be doing something about, rather than simply thinking that it’s a matter for the police, we cannot really tackle this pernicious problem effectively.

You can read the full version of this article on the International Network for Hate Studies website