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Survey launched to assess the success of the introduction of misogyny as a hate crime in Nottinghamshire

A major piece of research is being launched in January 2018 to assess the success of the introduction of misogyny as a hate crime in Nottinghamshire.

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A major piece of research is being launched in January 2018 to assess the success of the introduction of misogyny as a hate crime in Nottinghamshire.

Misogyny hate crime is understood as ‘incidents against women that are motivated by the attitude of men towards women and includes behaviour targeted at women by men simply because they are women’.

Such behaviour includes but is not restricted to leering, groping, whistling, sexual assault, being followed home, use of mobile phones to take unwanted photos, upskirting (looking up a skirt or taking a photo) sexually explicit language, threatening or intimating language or behaviour, indecent exposure, unwanted sexual advances, on-line abuse.

A study which was carried out by Nottingham Citizens in 2014, found that 38% of women reporting a hate crime explicitly linked it to their gender. No similar links were made by men. Nottingham Women’s Centre made the case for misogyny to be recorded as a hate crime, stating that this was a missing category under current national hate definitions. As a result of this, Nottinghamshire Police began recording and treating misogyny as a hate crime in April 2016.

The study, commissioned by Nottingham Women’s Centre and funded by the Office of the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner will be undertaken by Dr Loretta Trickett from Nottingham Trent University’s Law School, together with Professor Louise Mullany from the University of Nottingham and will assess the success of this policy since its inception.

It will aim to measure awareness of the new strand of hate crime and whether it encourages women to report incidents of misogyny hate crime and other forms of violence, as well as understanding the scale of the problem within Nottinghamshire. The survey also aims to assess the reaction to the new strand of hate crime from both men and women.

Dr Loretta Trickett at Nottingham Law School says of the study: “Some of the biggest news stories of the last year were dominated by explicit and implicit misogyny by many high profile celebrities, as well as the #metoo campaign.

“Harassment is a very serious problem, and the aim of re-classifying misogyny as a hate crime will be to raise awareness of the seriousness of these incidents and encourage women to report them.

“The study will help to assess the impact of the problem, as well as highlighting where improvements need to be made to help support affected women.”

The research includes an online survey, which the team are encouraging women and men to complete anonymously, as well as a number of focus groups with members of the public, focus groups with police officers and staff and individual interviews with women who have reported misogyny hate crimes to the police.

The researchers are looking for men and women who live and work in Nottinghamshire to take part in focus groups in the New Year and potential participants can register their interest by submitting their email address to

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Survey launched to assess the success of the introduction of misogyny as a hate crime in Nottinghamshire

Published on 22 December 2017
  • Subject area: Law, criminology and justice
  • Category: Press office; Nottingham Law School

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