The harassment of women is now a hate crime in Nottingham, where police have become the first force in the country to make such a move.
Nottinghamshire Police now rates misogyny alongside other hate crimes such as those based on a person’s disability, gender identity or race.
The new classification means that people can report incidents to the police and officers will investigate.
The force’s definition of misogynistic hate crime is:
‘Incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman, and includes behaviour targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman.’
Examples include unwanted sexual advances, physical assaults, verbal abuse, unwanted physical contact, the use of mobile devices to send unwanted or uninvited messages or take photographs without consent or permission.
Chief Constable Sue Fish said: ‘What women face, often on a daily basis, is absolutely unacceptable and can be extremely distressing.
‘Nottinghamshire Police is committed to taking misogynistic hate crime seriously and encourages anyone who is affected by it to contact us without hesitation.’