A hate crime is any criminal offence against a person because of who you are – your race, nationality, religion, disability, sexuality or gender.
Hate crime against you because you are Gypsy, Roma or Traveller is against the law just the same as for any other minority group – you are protected by the Equality Act 2010 and by the same laws as everyone else.
Hate crime can be bullying, hate speech, damage to property, violent attacks, hate mail and social media posts and comments.
Hate crime can happen where you live, at work, at school and on the internet.
How do I report a hate crime?
In an emergency ring 999
OR call the police on 101 and tell them you want to report a hate crime
What if i don’t want to involve the police?
Call the Wales National Hate Crime Report and Support Centre 0300 3031 982 or email Hate.CrimeWales@victimsupport.org.uk
If you are unsure call us at Travelling Ahead and we’ll go through your options with you – in confidence 0808 802 0025
If you experience name calling and insults because of who you are these may be hate incidents – these can sill be reported and you can still get support so call us on 0808 802 0025
Have a look at this film produced by The Traveller Movement
Discrimination – being treated unfairly
If you are treated unfairly in public places or shops, restaurants and hotels, or any public service or business because of who you are ( your race, beliefs, disability) then this is discrimination and is also against the law – The Equality Act and the Human Rights Act – we can help you complain or report these situations too. For more information have a look here or Contact Us
Read the reminder to councils about their duties to Gypsies and Travellers under the Housing and Equality Acts here
If you see or read something in the news or on the internet that you think is discrimination or racism you can report it – have a look at the Guide to Tackling Negative Media that the Children’s Commissioner produced with young people from Travelling Ahead and The Unity Project Click here
How can we help?
If you would like any confidential advice, support or to report hate crime or discrimination then we can help you at Travelling Ahead. We can listen to you, tell you about your rights in any situation and if you decide to report to the police we can do this with you – and get you support afterwards as well.
Download the poster
Young people at Travelling Ahead are determined to tackle hate crime – Have a look at what some young people have had to say about hate crime and racism and see our Tackling Hate Crime Project page
If you would like a copy of our Tackling Hate Crime resource for use in schools and other training events please contact us.