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Publication - Consultation Paper

Hate crime legislation independent review: consultation (easy-read)

Published: 31 Aug 2017
Part of:
Law and order
ISBN:
9781788511940

Easy-read version of consultation to inform the independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland, chaired by Lord Bracadale.

32 page PDF

1.6MB

32 page PDF

1.6MB

Contents
Hate crime legislation independent review: consultation (easy-read)
Other issues

32 page PDF

1.6MB

Other issues

Under-reporting

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There is a serious issue of under reporting of incidents of hate crime.

This may be for the following reasons:

person shrugging shoulders

  • lack of awareness of what hate crime is
  • people accepted that certain types of conduct just happened to 'people like them'

scared person covering ears

  • a feeling by victims that they do not have a strong enough case to take to the police

scared person

  • a general lack of confidence in the police
  • victims fear more attacks if they report it

Question 10

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How can we encourage people to report hate crime?

Third party reporting

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If people don't feel comfortable about reporting a crime to the police they can use a third party reporting centre.

mixed people in a community

These are places in the community where staff take down the details of what's happened and pass this on to the police.

Question 11

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Are third party reporting centres a useful way to encourage people to report hate crimes?

Yes / No

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Please tell us why?


Contact

Email: Independent review of hate crime legislation - secretariat, secretariat@hatecrimelegislationreview.scot

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG