Devon and Cornwall police record gender based hate crime

3 December 2018, 09:32 | Updated: 3 December 2018, 09:34

Our police will now record incidents of sex and gender based hate crime.

Devon & Cornwall Police have become the latest police force to begin recording incidents of sex and gender based hate crime.

A number of UK police forces have already taken the step of recording incidents. 

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer explained: “We are committed to investigating all forms of hate crime and sex and gender hate crimes are no more or less important for DCP than other hate crimes related to race, disability or sexual orientation. 

"Hate crime is a serious matter and one that continues to be a priority for Devon & Cornwall Police. 

"Gender and sexist hate crime (misogyny and misandry) cause great distress to victims and we recognise that the trauma for victims can be life changing.

"We will also be recording hate incidents; those incidents which are not crimes under the law but which are motivated by hate and can cause great distress to victims. "

Sex and gender based hate crime is any crime or incident reported to the police which is believed to be motivated by hatred of someone due to their sex or gender. This applies to women and men.