Facing Facts! Guidelines for Monitoring of Hate Crimes and Hate Motivated Incidents

Collecting data, analysing it and reporting on hate crime can provide communities and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) with a powerful tool with which to present their concerns to government, law enforcement, media and others. Credible data provides the facts needed to advocate for improved public policies to prevent and combat hate crime as well as for services that respond to the needs of victims of hate crime and hate-motivated incidents.

Today across Europe there are huge differences in how data is collected, verified and how CSOs (civil society organisations) report on hate crime. The diversity of approaches and methodologies is rich but challenging at the same time. This is especially true when trends across countries need to be compared with the aim to design European policies and to encourage EU Member States to push for better national policies.

The following Facing Facts! guidelines provide CSOs with methodological advice on how to collect data on hate incidents, how to verify and classify the collected data, and how to report hate crime and hate-motivated incidents. By no means do the guidelines pretend to impose the only possible way of how data can be collected or how hate crime should be reported. Facing Facts! draws upon the rich experience of CSOs which have been active for many years in combating hate crime and engaged together in an in-depth reflection about their way of working, the lessons they have learned in the past years and how they can improve further.

Download a copy of the Facing Facts! Guidelines for Monitoring of Hate Crimes and Hate Motivated Incidents