17 October 2017
The Green Party has responded to news that hate crime offences recorded by police has gone up but 28% since the EU referendum .
Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party, said:
“Rising hate crime is synonymous with the Divided Britain those in power have created. A toxic EU referendum campaign followed by dogged commitment from the Government to create a hostile environment for migrants and refugees have pitted communities and people against one another. Hate crime is the inevitable fallout.”
At Green Party conference last week Womack called for misogyny to be made a hate crime after surviving an abusive relationship .
““These statistics would be even more stark if they showed the abuse and violence against women. From groping to harassment, rape to online abuse, we know women are often targeted because they are women. The Government needs to admit we have a problem with misogyny and commit to eradicating it by making misogyny a hate crime.”
After news prosecutions for hate crimes are down 6.2% , Womack said:
“The Government also needs to ask serious questions about why, in spite of rising reports, prosecutions for hate crimes are falling. Tougher sentences are welcome but meaningless if people do not even face prosecution.”