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Violence against lesbians and gay men

Gail Mason
ISBN 0 642 19798 9 ISSN 1039-074X
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, November 1993

Abstract

Hate crimes against minority groups such as homosexuals present a particular challenge for the criminal justice system. This report discusses the prevalence of anti homosexual violence in Australia, its characteristics, and its impact on the victim. It also examines the cultural climate and social norms which encourage anti homosexual violence. Preventative measures are considered under the following headings: decriminalisation and anti discrimination legislation; education; the media; the criminal justice system; the police; research and statistics; and community prevention and education programs.