This project undertakes a qualitative criminological analysis of police responses and community experiences of prejudice motivated crimes. The methodological design consists of three data collection and analysis methods:
1. The Legal and Regulatory Context: Draws on a qualitative comparative analysis of legislative developments of hate crime within Victoria and other Australian and international jurisdictions. Critically examines the implementation and implications of Victoria Police’s Prejudice Motivated Crime strategy.
2. Police Response to Targeted Crime: In examining police responses and perceptions of prejudice motivated crimes surveys have been completed by police recruits from Victoria Police. The survey is given to recruits at approximately week 19 of their training and following the Prejudice Motivated Crime lecture given at the academy. This includes both Public Service Officers and Victoria Police Recruits. It is anticipated that the sample will comprise of approximately 1,369 participants. In addition a secondary data analysis of available prejudice motivated crime incidents and offence data, self report data from victims and incident/offence data from non-official sources. This also includes an analysis of LEAP prejudice motivated data made available from Victoria Police.
3. Community Experiences of Targeted Crimes: In examining community experiences of Prejudice Motivated Crimes, focus groups were undertaken with community leaders from different minority groups. This includes but not limited to: Muslim women, Jewish Community, Indigenous community, Indian community, Multicultural Youth, Disability Groups, Homeless Sector and the African community. The focus groups were concerned with key issues in relation to the ways in which PMC was understood (including terminology), experiences of PMC, experience of reporting PMC, and engagement with Police in relation to PMC.