"Seeing" hate crime in the community: Do resident perceptions of hate crime align with self-reported victimization?

Wickes, Rebecca, Sydes, Michelle, Benier, Kathryn, & Higginson, Angela (2016) "Seeing" hate crime in the community: Do resident perceptions of hate crime align with self-reported victimization? Crime and Delinquency. (In Press)

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Hate crimes undermine tolerance and social inclusion by conveying an “outsider” status of the victim and other group members to the broader community. Yet, limited research considers whether non-victims recognize hate crime incidents when they occur. Using census and survey data for 4,000 residents living in 145 communities, we ask whether local residents “see” hate crime when it happens in their neighborhood and whether the neighborhood context influences the association between residents’ perceptions of hate crime and self-reported hate victimization. We find that residents’ perceptions are positively related to victim self-reports; however, this relationship weakens in ethnically diverse and disadvantaged areas. This suggests that residents’ perceptions of hate crime may be more dependent upon the community context than non-hate crimes.

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ID Code: 98826
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: hate crime, ethnic diversity, victimization, disadvantage
DOI: 10.1177/0011128715625079
ISSN: 1552-387X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 13 Sep 2016 22:33
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 23:41

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