Scweppe, J., Haynes, A., Carr, J. (2014) A Life Free from Fear: Legislating for Hate Crime in Ireland: An NGO Perspective, Limerick, University of Limerick
Scweppe, J., Haynes, A., Carr, J. (2014) A Life Free from Fear: Legislating for Hate Crime in Ireland: An NGO Perspective, Limerick, University of LimerickView full Research
Type of publication
Study - qualitative research
Area/location of interest
Not applicable - national level
Type of Institution
University of Limerick
Main Thematic Focus
The majority of NGO participants identified their clients’ experiences of hate crime as being associated primarily with either racism against ethnic and inorities, and migrants broadly, or homophobic and transphobic hate crime towards LGBT persons. The most commonly cited grounds were race (identified by 8 NGOs), religion (7), sexual orientation (7), disability (5), gender (6) and membership of the Traveller Community (5). Evidence of anti-migrant bias was highlighted by NGOs who recounted incidents of individual discrimination.
Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)
Qualitative methods - survey.
Empirical data for the report was gathered via an online survey distributed to 14 NGOs who responded to a call for participants. Survey questions addressed the organisations’ remit and client base, their experiences of supporting clients who have been the victim of hate crime, and their perspectives on the adequacy of current hate crime legislation in Ireland. Questions were primarily open-ended and the resultant qualitative data were subject to thematic analysis
Sample details and representativeness
Participants were recruited through the purposive sampling of NGOs known to advocate for and support communities and individuals covered under the 9 grounds of Irish equality legislation.
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