Hate crime

Our policy priorities for hate crime are to:

  • Influence the new Law Commission review into hate crime law announced in 2018, building on the previous Law Commission review in 2014, and more recent review in Scotland led by Lord Bracadale
  • In the short term, seek parity of uplift in sentencing for sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability alongside race and religion
  • In the longer term, push for new hate crime law which takes a more equitable approach across different equality characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010
  • Encourage a greater focus on prevention and political leadership, to support a more positive culture which recognises equality and human rights for all.

We will be progressing our work on these priorities by convening and coordinating influencing activities with our members from the equality and human rights sector, and bringing forward new research to inform policy.

For a brief overview of some of the key causes and consequences of hate crime, see our synthesis of recent research: Hate crime: Cause and effect (pdf). The paper pulls together research from our previous seminar on hate crime.

If you are undertaking research on hate crime and have findings to share, you might like to join our research network, or sign up to be kept in the loop on our research and events related to hate crime.  Please feel free to get in touch by emailing our research lead, Katharine Knox.

We will be holding an invitation-only seminar on 28 November 2018 on the subject Hate Crime: the Case for Legal Reform. Contact Katharine Knox if you’d like to know more.

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