Making misogyny a hate crime would be “symbolic” but it is “not the preventative measures” that women’s rights groups want to see, City Hall has been told. On Wednesday, the London Assembly police and crime committee heard from various organisations about concerns over violence against women and girls in London with a view to making recommendations to Sadiq Khan.

The Mayor of London is one of many leaders who has called for misogyny to be made a hate crime in the wake of the high-profile killings of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, but the effectiveness of such a measure has been brought into question by groups who campaign against misogynistic violence.

Andrea Simon, director of End Violence Against Women, said that “there is an argument for the symbolicness” of making misogyny a hate crime in law, but questioned “what does that mean for women in reality?”.

Ms Simon said: “I don’t think there’s consensus around whether misogyny as a hate crime is an effective response. It’s not to say that there hasn’t been some really good work – the pilot that went on in Nottingham demonstrated how, when police forces work with local specialist services, that can be a very conducive partnership and it can mean that reporting is driven up.”

Read the full article from the Evening Standard below:

Source: Making misogyny a hate crime may not be effective, women’s groups warn

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