A hate crime is a criminal offence against a person because of who you are – your race, nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender.
Hate crime could be bullying and name calling, damage to property, violent attacks and even hate mail, hate email or on social media.
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. Contact us here
Hate crime and incidents can happen in schools, where you live and on the internet.
Please watch this short film where one young person describes her experiences.
Discrimination – being treated unfairly
If you are treated differently in public places or shops and hotels, or any public service or business because of who you are ( your race, beliefs, disability etc.) 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.
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.