Misogynist abuse is a hate crime: Women’s Aid calls on other police forces to follow Nottinghamshire’s lead

Friday 15th July 2016

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We applaud Nottinghamshire Police for making clear that they understand that many incidents of violence against women are rooted in misogynist and sexist attitudes – that women are indeed targeted simply because they are women. Defining this as a hate crime is a brave move, which makes it clear that this is unacceptable in any circumstances. It is a powerful statement of intention, and Women’s Aid urges other police forces to follow suit to drive the culture change that we need to keep women safe. There is an opportunity to make a real difference here, to the lives of women everywhere, and to tackle the issue of violence against women at the dark heart of the problem – misogyny. This approach in Nottinghamshire will help women feel the community they live in is not prepared to tolerate abuse. We hope it will further increase trust in the police, which in turn will enable victims of domestic abuse to come forward sooner.”

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