Prejudice-Related Crime

Project period

01.11.2017 – 31.12.2019

Project staff

Dr. Dominic Kudlacek

Stephanie Fleischer (project manager)

Laura Treskow

Matthew Phelps

Leonie Rook

Lousia Johanningmeier


Federal Ministry of the Interior

Cooperation partner

Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei (DHPol)

Project description

In cooperation with the DHPol, the project investigates the cooperation between police and civil society organisations with regard to the prevention of hate crime. Hate crime is understood in this project as being criminal offences that are motivated by prejudices based on certain characteristics of the victim (such as race, nationality, religion, gender, age or physical disabilities). Furthermore, hate crime sends an intimidating message to the entire social group of the victim. Since the huge number of migrants and refugees that travelled to Europe in 2015/2016, anti-immigration and anti-asylum propaganda and related offences have grown in significance along with anti-Semitic motivated crimes.

The aim of the study is to conduct a workup of relevant civil society organisations that are actively involved in the prevention of hate crime. In addition, cooperation with police at a national and international level are identified. The project develops “best practices” on cooperative actions and develops recommendations for future cooperations between police and civil society organisations. To reach these aims, a document analysis, a survey of the police and civil social organisations and interviews with experts are conducted. At the end of the study, four workshops will be organised to present results of the study and to encourage dialogues between police and civil society organisations.