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Neil Chakraborti and Jon Garland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308768

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308768.001.0001

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Understanding how ‘Hate’ Hurts: A Case Study of Working with Offenders and Potential Offenders

Understanding how ‘Hate’ Hurts: A Case Study of Working with Offenders and Potential Offenders

Chapter:
(p.231) Sixteen Understanding how ‘Hate’ Hurts: A Case Study of Working with Offenders and Potential Offenders
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Responding to hate crime
Author(s):

Paul Iganski

Karen Ainsworth

Laura Geraghty

Spiridoula Lagou

Nafysa Patel

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308768.003.0017

Few so-called ‘hate crime’ offenders truly hate their victims. Arguably, too many such offenders do not foresee the depth of hurt their crimes can inflict. Recognising that many acts of ‘hate crime’ are rather more complex than offenders simply venting ‘hate’ to inflict deep hurts opens-up the potential for working with offenders to enable them to appreciate the impacts and consequences of their actions and possibly prevent future offending. This essay offers two case studies from evaluations of projects in the north west of England to illustrate how understanding about the hurts of ‘hate crime’ can be used in working with offenders and potential offenders on the principle that if empathy for the victim can be engendered then those who do not truly ‘hate’ might think twice before acting in the future, or acting again in the way they had done so before.

Keywords:   offenders, hurt, prevention, victim-empathy

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