3. What is a ‘hate crime’?

We use the term ‘hate crime’ to describe anything that happens to you because someone dislikes your:

  • Ethnicity (Gypsy, Traveller and Roma are ethnicities)
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Disability (including learning disability and mental health)

A hate crime could be:

  • Bullying
  • Being shouted at in the street
  • Being turned away from a pub
  • Graffiti
  • Damage to your property (including vans and cars)
  • Hitting or punching

To help explain what sort of thing can be considered as a hate crime, we have given a couple of examples below.

Examples of when you should report a hate crime:

If you go to a pub to have a drink with your friends and the landlord says you cannot drink here because you are a Gypsy or Traveller then you can report this through the True Vision website below.

Another example is if you see graffiti with offensive language, such as ‘Travellers not welcome’, you can report this to the police & True Vision too.

Remember – anyone can report hate crime, not just the victim. So if you see anything like this happen to someone else, you can report it too.