The Prejudice Motivated Crime strategy and hate crime reporting

Rebecca Wickes, Kathryn Benier

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This chapter examines the types of hate crime reported to VicPol leading up to and following the strategy rollout that occurred in July 2011. In Australia, empirical studies of prejudice motivated crime (PMC) rely almost exclusively on case studies and non-probability samples of victimisation experiences. The first considers gay hate-related homicides in New South Wales between 1989 and 1999. Prejudice motivated assaults were offences most frequently reported to police, constituting 49.7 per cent of reports between January 2000 and June 2014. Improving the reporting and recording of PMC offences in Victoria are two key foci of VicPol PMC Strategy. VicPol identified five strategies that would enhance community confidence and lead to a greater willingness to report PMC to police. These included working in partnership with the community, treating victims with dignity and respect, responding to offences in a timely and professional manner, supporting victims and facilitating referrals to support services, and thoroughly investigating all reports of PMC.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolicing Hate Crime
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding Communities and Prejudice
EditorsGail Mason, JaneMaree Maher, Jude McCulloch, Sharon Pickering, Rebecca Wickes, Carolyn McKay
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)97811315696508
ISBN (Print)9781138904248
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice

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