This page will give you information on how to report a hate crime, what happens when you do and some of the support that is available in Gypsies, Roma and Travellers if you have been a victim of hate crime.
On this page we use the term ‘hate crime’ to describe anything that happens to you because someone dislikes who you are.
A hate crimes and incidents could be:
Hate crimes can happen because of your:
Race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender Identity, disability - including learning disability, physical disability and mental health
You can report a hate crime directly to the police by;
If you want to make a report online, you can use the True Vision online reporting form, which will be delivered to your local Police Service: click here to go to the form
You can also report a hate crime that has happened to someone else, for example a friend or family member, or something that you have seen online or on social media.
The Police and other criminal justice agencies consider all hate crime to be very serious, including racist and religious hate crime. When a case is prosecuted, the courts can impose a stronger sentence under powers from the Criminal Justice Act 2003. This reflects the priority placed on these crimes. The Police have performance targets and measures in place to ensure the service they offer is of the highest standard.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the organisation that takes cases through the court system. They have produced guidance on Racist and Religious Hate Crime that is available on the 'Prosecuting hate crimes' page of this website.