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Police force gets 150 reports of inappropriate behaviour towards women since making misogyny a hate crime

Nottinghamshire Police has received more than 150 reports of men behaving inappropriately towards women, since it became the first police force in the country to officially recognise misogyny as a hate crime.

Officers said more than 60 of those reports involved some form of criminal behaviour.

The main impact is on the confidence that it's given women and the recognition of this issue, which I think has been sadly lacking.

It's not really about whether there is capacity to deal with it. It's the right think to do, so that's why we've done it.

– Supt Ted Antill, Nottinghamshire Police

Nottingham Women's Centre, the charity which first came up with the idea, said it has made a difference to women's lives.

Women have told us it makes them feel taller knowing that in Nottingham misogyny isn't acceptable.

Also, individuals have that have reported said they are really pleased about the action that's been taken.

A woman who was wolf-whistled at when she was passing a building site reported it to the police.

The police then went around to the building site and had a chat with the workers, and the managers at the site were appalled.

– Helen Voce, Nottingham Women's Centre
153
reports of misogyny hate crimes (April 2016 - December 2017)
61
reports of misogyny dealt with as crimes (April 2016 - December 2017)

Misogyny covers a range of behaviour such as leering, groping, sexual comments and unwanted advances.

High-profile cases, such as the allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein have put the issue firmly in the public eye.

Researchers have now launched a study to assess the success of the new approach - and they are looking for women and men to take part.

This is an insidious behaviour that does have a detrimental impact on women's freedom of movement.

In that respect, would like to see that we get some feedback that has a longer term shift, in terms of educating, about what's appropriate and what's inappropriate behaviour in public.

– Dr Loretta Trickett, Nottingham Trent University