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Hate, Threats and Voilence. 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, 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 cooffending

and specialization in

offences for persons suspected for

hate crimes. To find persons

suspected for hate crimes,

register data relating to hatecrime-

motivated assault and

unlawful threats/molestation

offences from 2006 have been

used. The study is based on a total

of 1,910 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, it is 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 cooffenders.

Fifty-five per cent of

the suspected people have prior

registered convictions. It is very

uncommon for them to be

specialized in violent offences or

unlawful threats/molestation,

however. It is not possible to

generalize the results to

perpetrators of hate crimes,

because 70% of the offence

reports did not have information

of suspected persons.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 12, no 2, 198-215 p.
Keyword [en]
Islamophobic and homophobic hate crimes, Perpetrators, Register study, Xenophobic
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-64852DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2011.623391OAI: diva2:459368
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2011-11-25 Last updated: 2013-01-21Bibliographically approved

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