Hate and Restorative Justice
In the UK, 10-17 October 2015 was National Hate Crime Awareness Week. This initiative was set up in the hope that society, politicians, practices and policies become better equiped to deal with the attitudes that lead to what we have now come to call "hate crimes".
Whether national or international awareness weeks make any difference is debatable. I suppose "every little counts" especially when people are given the opportunity to come together to discuss what unites them (rather than what divides them). That is why I have always had an interest in the power that the restorative justice dialogue might have in bringing down the stereotypes and fears that lead to hate incidents. This is also why I am taking the opportunity to write another blog and also disseminate some free peer reviewed resources on hate crime and restorative justice:
Gavrielides, T. (2015), “Conceptualising and Contextualising Restorative Justice for Hate Crime”, in DeKeseredy, W. and Leonard, L. (Eds). CRIMSOC Report 4: Gender, Victimology & Restorative Justice, “pp. 197-230, ISBN. 978-1512255898
Gavrielides, T. (2010) “Restoring relationships: hate crime and restorative justice” in European best practices of restorative justice in the criminal procedures: Budapest conference 2009, European Union: Hungary.
Many criminal justice professionals pretend that they know enough about hate crimes. The truth is that bias-motivated violence (“hate crime”), despite of being with us since the first human aggregations (see Michalowski, 1985), it is a relative new area of criminological and legislative interest (see Levin & McDevitt, 1993). Hence, there are still many gaps for academia, policy and practice (see Iganski, 2008; Chakraborti, 2010).