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Analysis of Fawcett Society figures estimates 67,000 incidents based on gender last year.

CC Sara Thornton: Misognyny cannot be prioritised when policing is so stretched

CC Sara Thornton: Misognyny cannot be prioritised when policing is so stretched

Date - 14th January 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle

 

Chiefs have frankly admitted that policing does not have the resources to do everything “desirable and deserving” in dismissing pleas to prioritise misogyny as a hate crime.

National Police Chiefs’ Council chairman Sara Thornton cited “seriously stretched” forces for rejecting calls by campaigners as new data reveals gender is the most common cause of the “root of violence” against women.

Nottinghamshire police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping, ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, MPs Jo Swinson, Stella Creasy and Peter Bottomley and women's rights campaigner Helen Pankhurst are among a group of campaigners to have signed a letter, sent by gender equality charity the Fawcett Society, urging chiefs to help them criminalise it.

The plea was sent to Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick and NPCC chairman Sara Thornton.

Latest analysis of crime figures by the Fawcett Society estimated there were around 67,000 incidents of hate crime based on gender last year – with 57,000 of those being targeted at women, the charity said.

Fawcett Society chief executive Sam Smethers said: "This data should be a wake-up call to all of us, but it is just the tip of the iceberg.

"Women are routinely targeted with abuse and threats online and in our streets.

"We have to recognise how serious misogyny is. It is at the root of violence against women and girls.

"Yet it is so common that we don't see it. Instead it is dismissed and trivialised.

"By naming it as a hate crime we will take that vital first step. The way we tackle hate crime must reflect that."

In a statement responding to the letter, Chief Constable Thornton said recording misogyny as a hate crime "cannot be prioritised when policing is so stretched", repeating her previous call made in October that forces must focus on catching burglars and violent offenders rather than recording incidents.

She added: "The core policing that the public tell us they care about most is seriously stretched.

"We do not have the resources to do everything that is desirable and deserving.

"There are well reasoned arguments for recording misogyny as a hate incident, even when no crime has been committed, but it cannot be prioritised when policing is so stretched.

"Protecting women and girls from violence, harassment and sexual or domestic abuse continue to be priorities for the police."

Others who signed the letter include the Green Party's deputy leader Amelia Womack, Women's Aid chief executive Katie Ghose and executive director of Citizens UK Matthew Bolton.

Ms Ghose said: "Domestic abuse does not just happen in a cultural vacuum. The everyday sexism that women experience daily – from the catcalls on the street through to being groped and sexually harassed in public places – creates a culture where it is ok for men to demean women.

"In short, it normalises abuse.

"For far too long, women have not had the confidence to report men's violence and harassment to the police for fear of not being believed or taken seriously.

"It is clear that recognising misogyny as a hate crime gives survivors greater confidence that our criminal justice system will treat all forms of violence against women and girls more seriously."

Hate crimes and incidents are defined as those perceived to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic. Five strands are monitored centrally: race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and transgender identity.

Forces in Nottinghamshire, North Yorkshire, Avon and Somerset have already adopted misogyny or gender as a form of hate crime for recording purposes.

In November Ms Dick said "stretched" police forces should focus on violent crime rather than recording incidents of misogyny that are not crimes.

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Why not set up an online recording system. Fill in your details and the hate incident. There you go. Good statistical data for doing stuff and police policing . 

With over a million domestic abuse incidents in 2017 and 2 women murdered every week, perhaps we can maintain focus on that first. 

While misogyny is likely intrinsically linked, wide ranging social engineering is probably beyond the scope of the underfunded police service. 

 

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There is a problem today that some people are offended if the wind changes direction. If that does happen then they want someone to do something about it.

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There is a problem today that some people are offended if the wind changes direction. If that does happen then they want someone to do something about it.

Especially as if the offended person is male or female, old or young, of a particular race, colour or religion, disabled or able bodied, married or some other marital status, pregnant or not pregnant, parents or childless AND some thinks the wind changed because of that then it should be a priority.
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We're effectively being used to engineer society.

We should pause and THINK before implementing anymore legislative changes/criminalising actions further and perhaps look back at traditional, core British values of tolerance, respect, dignity but perhaps most of all resilience... Resilience is a trait that is not encouraged within our overly emotive society.

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Parliament makes the law and the Home Office defines crime recording standards.

It really isn’t the place of a police chief to ‘invent’ crimes and make you their own recording practices.

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Parliament makes the law and the Home Office defines crime recording standards.

 

It really isn’t the place of a police chief to ‘invent’ crimes and make up their own recording practices.

 

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If you want to quote figures estimate them and then further corrupt them to suit you own purpose.  All you need then is a naive person like Thornton to give them credibility.

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