Prejudice Motivated Crime – Overview

This project will undertake a criminological study of the policing of targeted incidents and crime, that is, incidents and crimes motivated by bias, prejudice or hatred towards members of particular groups, communities and individuals.

It will develop a best practice policing framework for policing targeted crimes and incidents. Over the past three years the state of Victoria in Australia has attracted unwanted international attention following media reporting of targeted incidents and crimes.

The consequence of heightened attention and associated fears has generated concern over the impact of such incidents and crimes on economic and trade relations, as well as broader concerns regarding community safety and the resilience of multiculturalism.

This project will develop an increased understanding of targeted crimes and incidents across key populations through both qualitative and quantitative criminological analysis. It will produce a best practice policing framework for policing targeted crimes and incidents (existing information on Bob).

The project is driven by four key goals:

1. To evaluate the Victorian legal, regulatory and inter-agency framework for responding to targeted crimes and incidents and compare these with other Australian and international policing agencies.

2. Identify the nature, pattern and trends of targeted crimes and incidents in Victoria.

3. Identify the nature, pattern and trends in police responses to targeted crimes and incidents in Victoria.

4. Develop and evaluate innovative policing initiatives to targeted crimes and incidents.

The outcomes of this project will contribute to the criminological understanding of prejudice motivated crimes by developing a best practice policing framework for policing targeted crimes and incidents; increased understanding of targeted crimes and incidents across key populations including the impacts of policing responses; enhanced theoretical and conceptual clarity of the relationship between social inclusion and hate crime and alternative approaches to the policing of hate crimes and incidents.