Misogyny as Hate Crime

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3889
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Nottinghamshire police force has expanded it categories of hate crime to include misogynistic incidents. This includes incidents such as the harassment of women in the street to physical abuse. What these crimes have in common is that they are  targeted at a woman simply because she is a woman.

Does the Metropolitan Police have any plans to expand its categorisation of Hate Crime in a similar fashion? Do you, as Mayor, think that this policy is appropriate for or needed in London?

Answer

Answer for Misogyny as Hate Crime

Answer for Misogyny as Hate Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have made clear my commitment to tackling violence or abuse against women and girls, including harassment, and a zero-tolerance approach to domestic and sexual violence.  Perpetrators will be held to account and victims supported through the MPS Community Safety Units and our network of victim support services aimed at women.

The MPS currently uses the hate crime categories set out in the Home Office definition and the National Police Chiefs Council guidelines.  Any decision on changing the way in which crimes are categorised needs thoughtful consideration to ensure that it has the desired effect and does not deliver unintended consequences.  I have therefore asked my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and the MPS Hate Crime Policy Team to monitor the Nottingham Police initiative and its impact.   MOPAC will also be represented at a Westminster event in late October with the Nottinghamshire Chief Constable, MPs and officials on tackling misogyny and the language of discrimination, where they will learn more about the impact of this approach.