The experiences of victims of hate crime

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Sharrock, Sarah; Pullerits, Merili; Piggott, Hannah
Date of publication
1 October 2018
Criminal Justice Services, Families, Community Development and Regeneration, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) 2018 inspection report into how hate crimes are handled by the police found that, while there was evidence of good practice, responses to victims were inconsistent. The inspection made recommendations to improve processes and support for police officers and staff that would develop greater understanding and confidence when dealing with victims of hate crime.

NatCen Social Research carried out the victim engagement strand of this research, and spoke to victims of hate crime from across England and Wales. This research looks at the experiences of victims of hate crime; their decision-making, motivations for and barriers to reporting these crimes; and experiences with the police, criminal justice system and support services.

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