The Language of ‘Misogyny Hate Crime’: Politics, Policy and Policing
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This chapter takes an innovative approach to investigate data from a research consultancy focusing on evaluating a newly introduced policing policy of ‘Misogyny Hate Crime'. The language politics behind the naming of the policy is investigated, including police officers’ reactions when implementing the policy, along with the linguistic reporting of hate crimes by victims to police, assessing how victims evaluate the reporting process and follow-up interactions. We draw upon survey data, interviews and focus groups to assess how victims narrate and reflect upon their experiences of interacting face-to-face with police officers, with police call handlers and with professionals working for organisations including the Crown Prosecution Service. Whilst our data are taken from a UK context, the findings have far-reaching applicability in terms of how members of the police and legal professions can work to ensure that victims are satisfied with the outcome of the criminal justice process.
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