Hate crime

Part of: Policing on the beat Protecting people from violence and abuse Victims and resolutions

Living in a different world: Joint review of disability hate crime – 2013

This joint inspection assessed how the police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and probation trusts deal with crimes against disabled people. This involved reviewing how the three agencies work and revealed problems in the detection and recording of crimes targeted against people because of their disability.

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Living in a different world: Joint review of disability hate crime

Joint review of disability hate crime – follow up – 2015

This follow-up review considered how the police, CPS and probation service providers (National Probation Service/Community Rehabilitation Companies) have responded to the seven recommendations contained in the Criminal Justice Joint Inspection March 2013 review of disability hate crime.

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Joint review of disability hate crime – follow up

Hate crime scoping study – 2017

Before the EU referendum in 2016, the former Home Secretary commissioned HMICFRS to carry out an inspection of police forces’ understanding of, and response to, hate crime of all types.

Our work began with a preliminary scoping study, published in November 2017.

The purpose of this study was to review what work had already been done in this area, and to propose priority areas for the inspection fieldwork.

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Hate Crime scoping study

Hate crime inspection – 2018

Based on this study, we decided to focus on the initial response to reports of hate crime.

The inspection examined how well forces understand all types of hate crime and how effective they are in identifying and recording hate crime and safeguarding victims.

One of the main aims of this inspection was to identify good ways of working which forces could consider when assessing their own approach to hate crime.

We make several recommendations in this report which, if implemented, will improve forces responses to hate crime and make everyone safer.

As part of the inspection process, a research project was commissioned to gather the experiences of hate crime victims. This research complements our inspection findings and gives a broader understanding of the impact of these crimes on their victims.

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Understanding difference: the police’s initial response to hate crime

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Hate crime: what do victims tell us?

Further information

If you, or someone you know, is affected by any of the issues in these reports, help is available.

If you have been a victim of a hate crime, you should report it to your local police force by calling:

  • 999 in an emergency; or
  • 101 in a non-emergency.

There are also a range of agencies who give support and advice. Please visit True Vision’s website for a full list of agencies.