Police Chiefs' decision on making misgyny a hate crime 'disappointing'

By agency reporter
July 16, 2018

An open letter co-signed by the Fawcett Society, civil society alliance Citizens UK, senior faith leaders and NGOs, recently asked the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) to vote to record misogyny as a hate crime nationwide, at their meeting where police chiefs from across the country gathered. In the event the NPCC decided against doing so.

Charlotte Fischer, Senior Organiser at Citizens UK, said, “We’re very disappointed to learn that the Police Chief’s council has decided against recognising misogyny as a hate crime at this time. We understand they want more time to review the evidence but feel they have missed an opportunity to offer women further protection from deplorable hate and abuse. Citizens UK will continue to call for the police to adopt misogyny as a hate crime both locally and nationally; it’s vital we take this step to shift unacceptable behaviour and allow women to live their lives without fear."

"Whilst Police Chiefs review the evidence, our members will be talking to local forces who are still able to adopt misogyny as a hate crime in their constabularies. Now, more than ever, we encourage members of the public to write to and encourage your local Police Commissioners and Chiefs to support this move." 

"It’s 2018 – it’s time to tackle the abuse, harassment and problematic behaviour that many women are subjected to. Misogyny and misogynists have no place in society and we are continuing our campaign."

* Citizens UK http://www.citizensuk.org/

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