This engaging and thought-provoking text provides an accessible introduction to the subject of hate crime. In a world where issues of hatred and prejudice are creating complex challenges for society and for governments, this book provides an articulate and insightful overview of how such issues relate to crime and criminal justice. It offers comprehensive coverage, including topics such as:

Racist hate crime; Religiously motivated hate crime; Homophobic crime; Gender and violence; Disablist hate crime

The book considers the challenges involved in policing hate crime, as well as exploring the role of the media. Legislative developments are discussed throughout.

Chapter summaries, case studies, a glossary, and advice on further reading all help to equip the reader with a clear understanding of this nuanced and controversial subject. Hate Crime is essential reading for students and academics in criminology and criminal justice.

Homophobic Hate Crime
Homophobic hate crime
Chapter Summary

This chapter presents an analysis of homophobic hate crime and victimisation. After discussing definitions of homophobia and heterosexism the chapter assesses how the outlawing of male homosexual behaviour, and its concomitant over-policing, has adversely affected the relationship between gay communities and the police. This lack of trust and confidence between the two parties has been a major factor in the reluctance of victims of homophobic crime to report incidents to the police. The chapter then discusses how legislative developments, such as the Criminal Justice Act 2003, Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 have brought more equality under the law for gay people and may well have helped to improve the confidence that such ...

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