Our thanks to Jeff and Martin for this. We can be sure huge numbers of grievance collectors – i.e. feminists – will be wasting a great deal of valuable police time that could be spent investigating real crimes. We think it’s safe to say Nottinghamshire Police won’t be recording misandry as a hate crime.
Chief Constable Sue Fish claimed it will make the county a safer place for women.
“What women face, often on a daily basis, is absolutely unacceptable and can be extremely distressing,” she said.
“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to taking misogynistic hate crime seriously and encourages anyone who is affected by it to contact us without hesitation.”
Work on the idea first started with the Nottinghamshire Safer for Women Conference last year, co-hosted by the police with the Nottingham Women’s Centre.
Melanie Jeffs, centre manager at Nottingham Women’s Centre, said: “We’re pleased to see Nottinghamshire Police recognise the breadth of violence and intimidation that women experience on a daily basis in our communities.”
She added: “Recording this as a hate crime will give us a detailed picture of how often, when and where it is happening. It has been very difficult to build that picture before but we will now get detailed data to analyse.
“Showing that the police take it seriously will also give people the confidence to come forward and report offences.”
Melanie Jeffs first came to our attention when we were campaigning in the Nottingham area at the last general election. She was described to me (by a woman) as ‘a particularly vile lesbian radical feminist’. In April 2015 she won our Lying Feminist of the Month award. Links to all the award winners are here.