Causes and motivations of hate crime

by Equality and Human Rights Commission (2016)

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This report is the result of work commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC, hereafter the Commission) on the causes and perpetration of hate crime in Great Britain. The Commission seeks to understand the causes and motivations of hate crime perpetration for the different protected characteristics included as ‘strands ’ under current hate crime legislation:
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Transgender
This is the first time that evidence and emerging insights on the causes and perpetration of hate crime has been brought together in this way, with insights from the law, policy and social science. This work complements the Commission’s other evidence – led work to understand effective levers, tactics and intervention approaches, to respond to and reduce identity – based harassment and violence.
This report provides an oversight of the evidence on hate crime with the intention to inform criminal justice agencies in their approach and use of preventative measures.