The recent atrocity in Christchurch once again focusses our attention on hate crimes, a ‘criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” A publication by the American Psychological Association notes that these crimes result in greater distress for victims who are at increased risk of post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, anger and safety concerns than those who are subject of crimes that are not motivated by bias. Such actions also communicate to the person’s community that they are unwelcome and unsafe and effectively undermine feelings of security for the group.
While the term hate crime is commonly used, perpetrators may equally be motivated by fear, ignorance or anger. Such crimes commonly occur in the context of social and political change which results in fears that one’s livelihood or way of life is under threat. Additional fuel is added with political and public debate which devalues members of unfamiliar groups, dehumanising them and making them a target for aggression.
The American Psychological Society is to be commended for its position that ‘APA supports the efforts of researchers, law enforcement, clinicians, teachers, and policy-makers to reduce the prevalence of hate crimes and to alleviate their effects upon victims. We can address hate crimes through (the following) prevention and intervention policies and programs.
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