United Kingdom

Sussex Hate Crime Project

Hate crimes are a particular concern to the coherence of Britain’s multicultural society. These crimes not only threaten the personal safety and security for those directly victimised, these crimes are also likely to indirectly impact on other individuals in the victim’s identity group by increasing feelings of fear, anger, and isolation throughout the group.

The Sussex Hate Crime Project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is examining the indirect effects of hate crimes. The three year project will work with individuals and organisations from two commonly targeted groups, Muslim people and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people, in an attempt to understand how indirect experiences of hate crimes impact on individuals, communities, and society in general.


The All Wales Hate Crime Research Project

The All Wales Hate Crime Research Project is now complete. The AWHCRP have recently published a report summarising their findings:


Leicester Hate Crime Project

The Leicester Hate Crime Project is Britain’s biggest ever study of hate crime victimisation.

This two year funded project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It explored the experiences of people who have been victimised simply because of who they are. The project’s findings can now be found at:


When Law and Hate Collide: Perspectives of Hate Crime in Young People

The When Law and Hate Collide project is a two year research project which is being funded with financial support from the Daphne III Programme of the European Union and is a collaboration of

  • The Lancashire Law School at the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, led by the projects Principal Investigator Prof Michael Salter
  • The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, led by Dr Christian Munthe
  • The Institute of Special Needs Education within the Department of Education Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt, led by Prof Dr Michael Fingerle

The project seeks to answer a number of fundamental questions in order to address the overarching aim of the project that is, “To provide the European Parliament and the Commission with a working definition of Hate Crime and consensus policy/best practice guidelines in order to ensure all Member States of the Union offer the same legal and legislative certainty across the Union.” To achieve this the project be exploring a number of key questions such as

    • Does the concept of Hate Crime Really Exist?
    • What is Hate Crime?
    • How can it be defined?
    • How far removed (if at all) is it from an aggravated crime is a Hate Crime?
    • Do we need a Hate Crime Law?
    • What groups of people should it cover
    • Would a law violate any Human Rights?
    • Do victims of Hate Crime Support a Hate Crime Law?
    • Why do offenders commit Hate Crimes?
    • Is Hate Crime already legislated against?


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