Report Racism - Gypsy, Roma, Traveller

What is GRT Racism ?

Anti-Gypsy Roma Travellerism is hostility, prejudice, discrimination or racism directed explicitly at Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller people. Gypsy, Roma, and Travellers (GRT) experience a shockingly higher degree of discrimination, prejudice and racism in their daily lives. 

Hate Crime?

Currently, five characteristics are given special protection and are the characteristics upon which hate crimes can be committed. The police and Crown Prosecution Service recognise five types of hate crimes and incidents based on: 

  1. Disability 
  2. Race 
  3. Religion 
  4. Transgender identity 
  5. Sexual orientation 

What Is a Hate Crime?

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race, prejudice based on a person’s religion or perceived religion, prejudice based on a person’s sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability, or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.

What is a Hate Incident? 

There is a difference between a hate crime and a hate incident.  
A hate incident is any incident that the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or transgender.
Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but it is equally vital that these are reported. 
Hate crimes are criminal offences, whilst Hate incidents refer to incidences motivated by specific characteristics, but do not constitute criminal offences (ie no law is broken). For example: 
  •   Bullying or intimidation. 
  •   Threats of violence. 
  •   Abusive phone or text messages. 
  •  Online abuse on social media.
  •  Displaying or circulating discriminatory literature or posters. 
  •  Harm or damage to your home, pet, or vehicle. 
  •  Verbal abuse eg name-calling and offensive jokes. 
  • Harassment. 

Equality Act 2010



English Gypsies and Irish Travellers–Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers are recognised as two distinct ethnic minority groups in law because they are recognised as members of a community with a shared history, culture and language stretching back over hundreds of years. As such they are granted the full protection of the Equality Act.

Types of Discrimination

Members of the Gypsy and Traveller communities can often face harassment and discrimination on a daily basis as a result of negative stereotypes and deeply ingrained cultural prejudices. Unfortunately, many instances of harassment and discrimination go unchallenged because they are subtle and indirect. However, there are ways to counter harassment and discrimination and there are specific instances when it can be successfully challenged.

Report Racism is for anyone that has experienced or witnessed any type of anti-Gypsy Roma Travellerism, abuse, discrimination, harassment or violence.

A working definition of Anti-Gypsy Roma Travellerism

Anti-Gypsy Roma Travellerism is a systemic, historically constructed, persistent and complex use of racist and discriminatory discourse, used in a narrow sense to indicate anti-Gypsy Roma Traveller attitudes and expressions of negative stereotypes. It is a multi-faceted phenomenon that has wide social and political acceptance and is a critical obstacle to the inclusion of Gypsy Roma and Travellers in broader society. It acts to prevent Gypsy Roma Traveller people from enjoying, equal rights and justice, opportunities, gainful social-economic participation, and achieving their full potential.

Visit the Report Racism GRT website.

You can call the Report Racism GRT Hate Crime Officer to report an incident.

 call 01707 247 088