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.

Policing Hate Crime
Policing hate crime
Chapter Summary

In the years following the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, the police service has been required to address hate crime issues with more transparency and greater priority than ever before. Criminological research has consistently shown that the troubled relationship between the police and minority communities has had a profound impact upon police responses to hate crime and upon levels of confidence in the police among those groups most at risk of hate-related victimisation, and addressing these problems has formed a central feature of the post-Macpherson policing agenda.

This chapter outlines the implications of ACPO's hate crime guidance for police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland before moving on to examine some of the conceptual, cultural and operational difficulties that have plagued ...

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