Category Archives: Centre for Crime

Stuart Kirby part of @N8Research team awarded funding to investigate and develop policing policy and practice

 

Dr Stuart Kirby joined the University after completing 30 years as a police officer, retiring at the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent. His research interests are in the area of Policing; Organised crime; Crime reduction and investigation.

You can find out more about Stuart’s research at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/law/profiles/stuart-kirby

Using the law to challenge cultures of hate: Outlawing homophobic and transphobic hate crime in Europe

Prof Paul Iganski

All crimes hurt in one way or another — emotionally, physically, or economically. Yet an accumulation of research evidence now shows conclusively that as a category of crime, hate crimes hurt more on average compared to otherwise motivated crimes. Hate crime victims are more likely to report experiencing post-victimisation emotional and psychological distress.

The greater harms inflicted by hate crimes provide the justification for hate crime laws. Any objections that such laws restrict freedom of speech fail to acknowledge that the expressive evidence by which we come to recognise hate crime rarely consists of what we might conventionally call ‘speech’. ‘Invective’ is a more accurate word. And it is likely that in a majority of hate crimes the spewing of hateful invective is the sole act by the perpetrator.

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via @LancasterUni – Dr Claire Fitzpatrick urges more help for care leavers in the justice system

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via The Conversation: ‘Five new laws that may have escaped your notice in 2014’

Siobhan Weare writes for The Conversation.

‘Five new laws that may have escaped your notice in 2014’

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Domestic abuse: Is criminalising coercive control enough?

Siobhan Weare

Read Siobhan’s blog via Lancaster University

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Lancaster University Law School Professor in the News

Professor Suzanne Ost writes in The Guardian about John Grisham’s comments about child abuse images.

Suzanne Ost’s other blog posts include ‘Now you see them now you don’t? The battle to block online child sexual abuse images‘ with Siobhan Weare (@SiobhanWeare), and ‘A right to die or a step too far? Assisted dying and being ‘tired of life’

Suzanne Ost (@SuzanneOst3737is Professor of Law in the Law School at Lancaster. She researches in the areas of medical law and ethics and child sexual exploitation. She is the co-author of Medicine and Bioethics in the Theatre of the Criminal Process and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Law Review.

You can find out more about Suzanne’s research at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/law/profiles/suzanne-ost

 

 

Disability Hate Crime – ‘Only having a laugh’

Paul Dodenhoff

A number of months ago, I was walking through Preston mid-afternoon with a group of people, and suddenly a number of eggs rained down upon us from a second floor window above a shop. Glancing up, we witnessed two retreating, laughing males, probably about 18 to 20 years old. Luckily the eggs missed and no damage was done to either pride or clothing, nor was the incident reported to anybody as far as I’m aware.

Similarly, I was on a bus ride not long before that incident, where a group of rowdy schoolboys about 14 to 16 years old sitting on the upper deck of the bus, started throwing empty pop cans and spitting out of the bus windows at the passengers below as they exited the bus at a stop. This was reported to the driver of the bus, by one of the ‘victims’ of the incident.

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