In 2014, Nottingham Citizens was about to launch a Commission into hate crime in Nottingham after identifying it as an issue that mattered to Nottingham’s communities. While they were already aware that hate crime impacts women differently, Mel Duffill-Jeffs, our Centre manager at the time, found herself asking:
What about the things women experience because they’re women?
This was the start of a campaign that led to misogyny hate crime policy being introduced by Nottinghamshire Police in 2016, and then to an ongoing national campaign to implement it across the UK.
In its simplest form, misogyny as a hate crime is a categorisation. It does not make anything illegal that is not already illegal. Instead, it allows the motivation of an incident or crime to be recorded as misogynistic: motivated by the hatred of women because they are women. This sends a clear message that misogyny will not be tolerated, and can help women get the correct support.
In these pages you can find out everything you need to know about Misogyny Hate Crime including Nottingham’s own story, what Misogyny Hate Crime is, how to report misogyny as a hate crime and Nottingham’s full Misogyny Hate Crime evaluation report.