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Responding to hate crimeThe case for connecting policy and research$
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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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We Need to Talk About Women: Examining the Place of Gender in Hate Crime Policy

We Need to Talk About Women: Examining the Place of Gender in Hate Crime Policy

(p.169) Twelve We Need to Talk About Women: Examining the Place of Gender in Hate Crime Policy
Responding to hate crime

Hannah Mason-Bish

Policy Press

This chapter explores the category of gender as a potential victim group within hate crime policy and research. Instead of arguing for or against its inclusion as a new “strand” in the hate crime approach, the chapter argues that is important to understanding the lived – sometimes gendered - experiences of hate crime victims. However, the exclusion of gender from hate crime research and practice has meant that the gendered experiences of many hate crimes victims are often overlooked. This is because the examination of arguments surrounding gender-motivated violence necessarily follows a policy domain which is defined by adding victim groups. Fundamentally, this chapter argues that academics and practitioners might want to consider the complex harms caused to victims of hate crime rather than focusing on their membership of a particular identity group.

Keywords:   gender, identity groups, hate crime policy

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