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RIGHTS COMMISSION PUBLISHES RESEARCH ON TARGETED CRIME

 

 

By Newsdesk

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

  

A new study shows that despite a slight decrease in the number of hate crimes, far too many people are still being targeted for crime and violence because of who they are.

 

The research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) finds that some police forces, local councils and social landlords did not always recognise their role in preventing such incidents. It says that the evidence is a stark reminder to all public authorities of their duty to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful harassment, advance equality and foster good relations.

 

While the number of hate crimes recorded by the police service in England and Wales has fallen to 47,229 in 2010 from 50,868 in 2009, the Commission believes that there is still significant under reporting of some types of targeted violence such as disability related harassment.

 

The Commission’s analysis of British Crime Survey data from 2007-2010 shows that the victim believed that the incident was racially motivated in 15 per cent of incidents reported by Asian / Asian British people and 10 per cent of incidents reported by Black / Black British people; or motivated by homophobia in 12 per cent of the incidents reported by lesbian, gay or bisexual people.

 

A higher proportion of lesbian, gay or bisexual people had reported being the victim of a crime than heterosexual people. Eleven per cent of lesbian, gay or bisexual people who had reported a crime had experienced threats of violence compared to four per cent of heterosexual people.

 

Additional research into action on targeted violence shows a mixed picture of what more than 200 public authorities are doing to address this problem. Most (95 per cent) respondents acknowledge they need to help people report targeted violence. Yet nearly a fifth (18 per cent) did not recognise their role in preventing such incidents and nearly half (44 per cent) did not think they had a role to play in working with perpetrators of targeted violence.

 

Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:

 

“Based on this evidence, we have made a number of recommendations to public authorities so that they can improve the way they tackle targeted violence. We’ve also highlighted the successful approaches have been shown to help turn good intentions into positive outcomes for the victims of targeted violence.”  

 

 

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