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Hate, Threats, and Violence. A Register Study of Persons Suspected of Hate Crime.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, E-ISSN 1651-2340, Vol. 12, no 2, 198-215 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on individuals suspected of hate crimes with xenophobic, Islamophobic and homophobic motives. The objective is to fill a gap in the knowledge left by existing research, which has primarily focused on victims and definitional problems. This article’s genuine contribution to new research is the comparative perspective and the study of co-offending and specialisation in offences for persons suspected for hate crimes. To find persons suspected for hate crimes, register data relating to hate-crime motivated assault and unlawful threats/molestation offences from 2006 have been used. The study is based on a total of 1910 offence reports together with information from the Registers of Suspected and Convicted Offenders for 558 persons suspected for hate crimes. Xenophobic hate crimes are over-represented in the material by comparison with homophobic and Islamophobic hate crimes. In the reports that have information about the relation between victim and perpetrators, is it more common for the perpetrators to be known than unknown to the victims. In cases where a suspected person has been identified, males are in a clear majority. Those suspected of homophobic hate crimes have the lowest mean age. Only a small number of offence reports include information on suspected co-offenders. Fifty-five percent of the suspected people have prior registered convictions. It is very uncommon for them to be specialised in violent offences or unlawful threats/molestation however. It is not possible to generalize the results to perpetrators of hate crimes, because 70 percent of the offence report did not have information of suspected persons.

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2011. Vol. 12, no 2, 198-215 p.
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Islamophobic and homophobic hate crimes, Peroertrators, Register study, Xenophobic
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Criminology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66321OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-66321DiVA: diva2:467468
Available from: 2012-01-02 Created: 2011-12-19 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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