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Responding to hate crime: Escalating problems, continued failings

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posted on 2018-03-05, 11:32 authored by Neil Chakraborti
The need for fresh responses to hate crime has become all the more apparent at a time when numbers of incidents have risen to record levels, both within the UK and beyond. Despite progress within the domains of scholarship and policy, these escalating levels of hate crime – and the associated increase in tensions, scapegoating and targeted hostility that accompanies such spikes – casts doubt over the effectiveness of existing measures and their capacity to address the needs of hate crime victims. This article draws from extensive fieldwork conducted with more than 2000 victims of hate crime to illustrate failings in relation to dismantling barriers to reporting, prioritizing meaningful engagement with diverse communities and delivering effective criminal justice interventions. It highlights how these failings can exacerbate the sense of distress felt by victims from a diverse range of backgrounds and communities, and calls for urgent action to plug the ever-widening chasm between state-level narratives and victims’ lived realities.

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Citation

Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2018

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Criminology

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Criminology and Criminal Justice

Publisher

SAGE Publications

issn

1748-8958

eissn

1748-8966

Acceptance date

2017-09-05

Copyright date

2017

Available date

2018-03-05

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http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1748895817736096

Language

en

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