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Area which has already adopted strategy has only achieved one conviction, but supporters of policy say it's about changing attitudes.

DCC Rachel Barber said 'Our aim is not to criminalise people or increase prosecutions' but to make clear some behaviour is unacceptable

DCC Rachel Barber said 'Our aim is not to criminalise people or increase prosecutions' but to make clear some behaviour is unacceptable


Misogyny could be monitored as a hate crime category under a plan being looked at this week.

The Chief Constables' Council will consider whether misogyny should be ranked alongside "race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender" for the purposes of crime recording.

A spokesman for the NPCC said: "Police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland annually monitor five strands of hate crime.

"Police chiefs will be presented with a paper that asks them to consider the case for monitoring gender-based hate crime in the same way."

Nottinghamshire Police has recorded this since 2016. Survey results released this week by the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University found more than 87 per cent of people thought the policy change was a good idea.

From April 2016-March 2018 some 174 women have reported misogyny hate crimes with 101 have classified as incidents.

There was just one conviction in the period, however.

Helen Voce, the chief executive of Nottingham Women’s Centre, said: “The primary objective of the policy change was not to see hundreds of prosecutions, it was to let people know that this behaviour isn’t acceptable and will not be tolerated in Nottinghamshire.

“People should not have to accept this behaviour and shouldn’t have to change their own behaviour to avoid harassment of this nature.”

Nottinghamshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Barber said: “We take all reports of hate crime extremely seriously and it’s great to hear that the focus on this particular strand of hate crime since 2016 by the force and partners has given women the confidence to report incidents.

“Our aim is not to criminalise people or increase prosecutions but about making it clear that behaviour which intimidates, threatens, humiliates or targets women is completely unacceptable.”

Sajid Mohammed, chief executive of Nottingham-based charity Himmah and a Citizens UK Council member, said: "Misogynistic abuse is an everyday reality for women and the same hateful attitude which breeds Islamophobia and anti-semitism can be directed at women because of their gender.

"Nationwide misogyny hate crime reporting would allow police, the public and law makers to fully understand the scale of the day-to-day abuse and harassment women face, so that we can build a society that does not tolerate hate directed against any person on the basis of their identity."

Whatever the outcome of the chiefs' vote, it may be some time before any effect is felt as a £157,000 race and diversity strategy agreed by chiefs at their April meeting remains shrouded in secrecy, despite being referred to in Parliament by the Policing Minister as an important step forward for the service.

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Only if Misandry is there too otherwise I won’t be submitting crimes under that heading. Code of ethics is clear on the expectations on Equality and Diversity:

I should “take a proactive approach to opposing discrimination”

from the CoP website.

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Hate crime is becoming a joke, when it should not be.

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