Picture   Stop Hate Crimes!
  Hate crimes are criminal actions intended to harm or intimidate people because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or other minority group status. They are also referred to as bias crimes.
See Dr. Herek's blog
for updates
on hate crimes.
  Since the 1980s, the problem of hate crimes has attracted increasing research attention, especially from criminologists and law enforcement personnel who have focused primarily on documenting the prevalence of the problem and formulating criminal justice responses to it.

This section of the site reports data from Dr. Herek's national survey of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. It is the first study to document the extent of hate crime victimization in a nationally representative sample of sexual minority adults.

Also reported here are data from the first large-scale study of the psychological impact of hate crimes based on sexual orientation. These data show that lesbian and gay hate crime survivors manifested more symptoms of psychological distress than lesbian and gay survivors of "random" assaults in the same time period.

    See Dr. Herek's blog for updates on hate crimes.
    Documenting Hate Crimes in the United States: Some Considerations on Data Sources. This article describes. critiques, and provides historical context for four general sources of data about hate crimes: victim reports to community antiviolence organizations, community surveys conducted with nonprobability samples of sexual and gender minority respondents, data from local law enforcement agencies compiled annually by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and surveys conducted with national probability samples
    Learn more about Dr. Herek's national survey and download a preprint of the published paper reporting the study's main results.
    Learn more about Dr. Herek's study on the psychological consequences of hate crime victimization, download a preprint of the published paper reporting the study's main results, read first-person accounts from victims, get a copy of the research questionnaire, and more.
Hate Crimes book jacket   Varieties of Hate Crime Victimization. Personal stories from the participants in Dr. Herek's Sacramento study.
  Information about Dr. Herek's book, Hate Crimes: Confronting Violence Against Lesbians and Gay Men (with Kevin T. Berrill, Sage Publications, 1992)
  Listen to a podcast from KQED-FM's "Forum with Michael Krasny" on Hate Crimes Against Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgenders, featuring Dr. Herek (Broadcast date: July 18, 2006).
    The "Us" and "Them" of Murder, Dr. Herek's 1998 essay on the Matthew Shepard murder.
    Other publications on hate crimes by Dr. Herek and his colleagues
    A map of hate crime laws in the United States, from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
    Download annual reports from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects. (Requires Adobe Acrobat reader, version 5, which can be downloaded free of charge).
    Hate Crimes Today: An Age-Old Foe In Modern Dress, a report from the American Psychological Association.
    Licensed To Kill, Arthur Dong's documentary about murderers of gay men, is now available on video for non-commercial educational use.
    Links to other web sites with information about hate crimes
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