chapter  6
The psychology of hate crime offenders who target Muslims
Who could be a hate crime offender?
WithJane Prince
Pages 13

Hate-crimes are viewed as being outside the ‘norm’ of criminal behaviour, yet the questions that needs to be considered are whether perpetrators of such crimes form a specific psychological subgroup of the offender population, and if so, how members of such a sub-group are identified, and what interventions are appropriate both as a means of offending prevention and post-crime management of behaviour. This chapter reviews the existing literature on the psychology of hate crime offenders, the implications of these for preventative and restorative interventions (including the psychological implications for victims of hate crimes) and an understanding of the broader role of social groups in anti-Muslim criminal behaviours. Contemporary research from the United Kingdom, from Europe as well as from the US will be reviewed and discussed.