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New Manual on Hate Crimes Now Available: An Update from the NCIL Violence and Abuse Task Force

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied 2012 Protest SignThe research done on Hate Crimes provides data that is used to create training programs for first responders, law enforcement, and social workers in the field. The latest training manual comes from the Matthew Shepard James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA) of 2009, which created the revision and update of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) previous online hate crime data collection guidance.

It has been described as “The single best, most inclusive hate crime training document. It contains updated definitions and a number of hate crime training scenarios, including ones designed to help law enforcement officials understand gender-based and gender identity-based hate crimes. The publication of this new FBI Training Manual raises the bar – and is a great step forward.”

This new manual is the merger of two publications Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines and the Training Guide for Hate Crime Data Collection. The new manual reflects the changes in the Act and will assist law enforcement agencies in collecting and submitting hate crime data to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, as well as establishing an updated hate crime training program for their personnel. The UCR Program collects and publishes information about crimes motivated by bias and has modified its data collection accordingly by including new and revised definitions, along with corresponding examples. 

The manual will assist CILs in outreach and interaction with law enforcement data collection, which will provide data analysis on the implementation of the programs needed to assist people with disabilities who are victims of crimes.

Read the manual (PDF).

The NCIL Violence and Abuse Task Force works on legislation, research, implementation of laws, and trainings. The Task Force will continue to work with the Administration to improve this work and will provide feedback and updates on the performance of the program. The Task Force appreciates the work of the FBI and all advocates who worked to get this new manual created and out to the public.


  1. I like to get a copy of the manual at,Abilities in Motion 210 N.5th St. Reading PA,19601.
    Thank you

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