Overwhelming public support for Nottinghamshire Police’s Misogyny Hate Crime Policy

The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University carried out a review of the impact of the misogyny hate crime policy introduced by Notts Police in April 2016. Results showed there is clear support for the policy from men and women in the general public, as well as victims who have reported. The overall recommendations call for the policy to be rolled out nationally alongside publicity to increase reporting and education to help change behaviours.

The results also show that some members of the public (men and women) and the police viewed the term ‘misogyny’ as too elitist/academic and suggested ‘gender hate crime’ could be used instead. We do not support this approach for a number of reasons.

We feel strongly that misogyny should be used as the key word to understand why certain behaviours are taking place and after taking evidence locally and nationally the Police chose this term too because of the need to recognise the way that women’s experiences differ to men’s (and within this to understand the overlap of misogyny into other forms of hate such as transphobia, anti-Muslim hate and homophobia). Misogyny hate crime is part of a continuum of violence specifically targeted against women and girls. The Police had been able to record gender hate crime for about a decade before the introduction of this policy yet very few reports were received so we believe this explicit identification is necessary to encourage women to report the hate crime they experience purely because of their gender.

It’s also a public statement by a law enforcement agency that is saying misogynistic behaviour isn’t acceptable here. In Notts this has further empowered women to challenge inappropriate behaviour (when they feel safe to do so) as well generate lots of conversations about how we bring about further culture change.

So we say stick with Misogyny Hate Crime – it’s working!

Please follow this link to read  Misogyny Hate Crime Evaluation Exec Summary June 2018.

A year in the life of Nottingham Women’s Centre April 2017 – March 2018

AGM 2018 collageThank you to everyone who attended our AGM last week.

It was a great event where we heard about the work of NWC partners, the achievements of the centre and the plans for the coming year.

The last 12 months saw unprecedented levels of activity around issues relating to women – we all took part in the
celebrations for Vote 100, witnessed incredible moments of female activism and empowerment such as #MeToo and
#TimesUp and were reminded about continuing employment inequalities through the gender pay gap data – all these have made us super energised to continue with our mission to empower women in Nottinghamshire.

At the start of the new financial year, we became the recipient of The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service.
Classed as the MBE for volunteer groups, it is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK! All down
to the incredible work and time our volunteers dedicate to the centre and our women.

We feel that 2018 truly is the Year of the Woman and we strongly believe that it could bring a significant stepchange
towards female equality. Will you be part of the solution?

We have big plans and ambitions:

  • Searching for a new building to provide easier access to more women
  • Looking to increase our membership and develop our membership offer
  • Expanding our provision of courses and activities e.g. our Counsellors and Therapists are expanding their service into the county and offering more session in the city too.
  • Planning an exciting calendar of events with opportunities for engagement for ALL women
  • Hoping to establish new partnerships with more local businesses

Feel like you could help us achieve these goals? Then please get in touch!
Let us know how you’ll support NWC over the next 12 months – we’d love to hear your
ideas. Tweet your response to us at @nottswcentre using the hashtag #nwcandme

Read more about NWC achievements over the last 12 months in the Nottingham Women’s Centre Annual Report 2018.