Notts women welcome 'victory' in bid to treat misogyny as hate crime

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Local pilot scheme led to a change in government policy on police data to help tackle abuse

The women behind the UK’s first pilot project to treat misogyny as a hate crime have welcomed as “a major victory” the news that the government is to require police forces across England and Wales to collect data on crimes apparently motivated by hostility towards women.

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The story of how Nottingham police force’s pioneering scheme generated a UK-wide movement – and secured this success the week after a national outpouring about epidemic levels of street harassment – bridges community activism, institutional openness and the power of women educating men about their everyday experiences.

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