In a contemporary setting of increasing social division and marginalisation, Policing Hate Crime interrogates the complexities of prejudice motivated crime and effective policing practices. Hate crime has become a barometer for contemporary police relations with vulnerable and marginalised communities. But how do police effectively lead conversations with such communities about problems arising from prejudice?

Contemporary police are expected to be active agents in the pursuit of social justice and human rights by stamping out prejudice and group-based animosity. At the same time, police have been criticised in over-policing targeted communities as potential perpetrators, as well as under-policing these same communities as victims of crime. Despite this history, the demand for impartial law enforcement requires police to change their engagement with targeted communities and kindle trust as priorities in strengthening their response to hate crime.

Drawing upon a research partnership between police and academics, this book entwines current law enforcement responses with key debates on the meaning of hate crime to explore the potential for misunderstandings of hate crime between police and communities, and illuminates ways to overcome communication difficulties. This book will be important reading for students taking courses in hate crime, as well as victimology, policing, and crime and community.

part I|26 pages


chapter 1|24 pages


part II|53 pages

Context for policing hate crime in Victoria

chapter 2|21 pages

Hate crime terminology and meaning

Setting the scene

chapter 3|13 pages

Hate crime and policing

Police, community and social change

part III|71 pages

The research

chapter 5|16 pages

Is it all in the name?

Changing terminologies, procedural justice and hate crime

chapter 8|20 pages


The markers of prejudice motivated crime

part IV|19 pages


chapter 9|17 pages


Deep diving