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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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Reshaping hate crime policy and practice: lessons from a grassroots campaign

Reshaping hate crime policy and practice: lessons from a grassroots campaign

An Interview with Sylvia Lancaster, founder of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation

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Responding to hate crime

Neil Chakraborti

Jon Garland

Policy Press

Sylvia Lancaster is Chief Executive of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a campaigning charitable organisation formed in the wake of the murder of her daughter, Sophie, in August 2007. Sophie was targeted solely because her attackers took violent exception to her ‘alternative’, gothic appearance. In this interview Sylvia outlines the Foundation's key principles and aims and objectives, and reflects upon its growth thus far. She describes the innovative methods she has used to develop the Foundation's activities and raise its profile, including working in partnership with numerous organisations from the business, criminal justice and charitable sectors, and assesses how successful they have been. She also outlines how over the next few years the Foundation will continue to work towards its twin goals of challenging all forms of prejudice and getting the criminal justice system to recognise the victimisation of alternatives as a hate crime.

Keywords:   campaigning, challenging prejudice, hate crime legislation, partnership working

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