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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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Responding to the Needs of Victims of Islamophobia

Responding to the Needs of Victims of Islamophobia

(p.113) Eight Responding to the Needs of Victims of Islamophobia
Responding to hate crime

Irene Zempi

Policy Press

The chapter sheds light on the link between academic research, policy and practice in terms of offering support to individuals who have been targeted because of their (perceived) Muslim identity. As such, I assess contemporary policy and practice by looking at the effectiveness of criminal justice responses to Islamophobic victimisation within the British context. Correspondingly, there are barriers to the effective delivery of conventional support services, including a lack of understanding and awareness of victims’ distinct cultural norms and religious practices. Unarguably, the lack of appropriate support can add to the injury inflicted on the victim. Moreover, the way in which victims are treated has an impact on the likelihood of crimes being reported in the future. In light of this, I make the case for a more flexible approach to engaging with victims of Islamophobia; one which accommodates their ‘difference’ whilst facilitating greater communication between statutory and voluntary service providers.

Keywords:   policy, criminal justice agents, support, victims, Islamophobia

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