Nottingham Women’s Centre involved in groundbreaking work with Nottinghamshire Police to tackle the harassment of women
Hitting the headline in July and August was the news that Nottinghamshire Police, in partnership with Nottingham Women’s Centre, had become the first force in the country to recognise misogyny as a hate crime. The additional category applies to a range of incidents reported to the police, from street harassment through to physical intrusions.
In line with the new way of reporting, Nottingham Women’s Centre has spent the last three months running misogyny hate crime training for Nottinghamshire Police officers and staff.
Misogyny hate crime, in addition to the general hate crime definition, may be understood as incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman, and includes behaviour targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman. Examples of this may include unwanted or uninvited sexual advances; physical or verbal assault; unwanted or uninvited physical or verbal contact or engagement; use of mobile devices to send unwanted or uninvited messages or take photographs without consent or permission.
The hope is that through recording incidents in this way Nottinghamshire Police will be able to:
- Raise awareness of the seriousness of these incidences and encourage women to report.
- Gather better intelligence to disrupt activities/perpetrators.
- Better manage risk and support women affected.
- Reduce women’s fear of crime in public spaces which is frequently informed by their fear of sexual assault (informed in large part by experiences of street harassment).