Expanded, systematic hate crime data collection and reporting of the Austrian Police

The project (EU Grant Agreement Nr. 847659  HC-POL-DATA) aims to improve the recording of derogatory bias motives in criminal charges on a scientific basis. According to the permanent case law of the European Court of Human Rights on Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (prohibition of discrimination) as well as the EU Victim Protection Directive, bias-motivated crimes in the sense of "group-focused enmity", for which the term "Hate Crime" has become established internationally, are to be made visible and comprehensively statistically documented by the member states.

In Austria, hate crime is currently recorded exclusively within the framework of ideologically or religiously motivated crime - especially with regard to right-wing extremism.

Against this background, the project is intended to support the organs of the public security service in better implementing the international obligations. This is to be achieved by technical solutions for data recording, by training police members and by dialogue with civil society institutions.

The IRKS accompanies this process as scientific partner, among other things through international comparative studies on data collection, systematic observations of the implementation process and a comparison of the collected figures with other data sources (also on the dark figure).

Funded by

European Commission/Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)

Project Partner:

Austrian Ministry of the Interior

Project Team:

Walter Hammerschick & Walter Fuchs

Project Period: 

July 2019 to June 2021