Operation Report Hate
1. What is #OperationReportHate?
#OperationReportHate is a campaign aimed at raising awareness within the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities about hate crimes and the need to report them. We have partnered up with a number of leading stakeholders and charities to achieve this aim.
The campaign will also be highlighting the fantastic work of organisations working with the communities to improve reporting rates and share good practice and resources.
The end goal is for hate crimes against the Gypsy, Traveller & Roma communities to be given the same public profile and recognition as other hate crimes.
2. How can I support the campaign?
This campaign can only be a success if we get the support from as many people as possible.
There are a number of easy ways for you to lend your support for the campaign and help us achieve our goal!
Write to your MP asking them to support the campaign
An effective way to raise the profile of the campaign, and highlight the issue of hate crimes against GTR communities is to write to your local MP.
To make things a little easier, we have drafted an email which you can copy and paste in an email to your MP (you are of course free to change as much as you like).
To find your MP and get their email address, visit the Parliament UK website. It would be helpful if you could let us know who you’ve contacted, so we can follow up and make sure they support the campaign! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Subject: Support #OperationReportHate
I am writing to you to ask you to support #OperationReportHate, which is a campaign for hate crimes against the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma (GTR) communities to be given the same public profile and recognition as other hate crimes.
As you will be aware, since the EU referendum result there has been an alarming increase in the number of hate crimes and the GTR communities have been victims of such offences. Hate crimes against Gypsies and Travellers are also underreported, which means these crimes remain the lowest of priorities.
To show your support, please share a photo of yourself holding an #OperationReportHate poster (which can be downloaded here) on social media using the hashtag: #OperationReportHate. This simple act will help bring greater public attention to hate crimes and the need to report them.
I hope you can support the #OperationReportHate campaign in highlighting the need to report and record hate crimes against GTR communities.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Support the campaign on social media
Social media is a powerful way to spread the message of the campaign and to help get wider public support.
Posts with photos on Twitter and Facebook get shared the most, so to help get the campaign as much attention as possible we have produced a poster for you to download and have your photo taken with.
Please encourage as many of your friends, family and colleagues as possible to have their photo taken with the poster and share on Facebook and Twitter!
Another good way to get a message out there on social media is to send tweets to people with large followings, such as celebrities and politicians (Councillors and MPs) and asking them to have their photo taken with the #OperationReportHate poster.
Please show your backing for ending hate crimes against Gypsies, Travellers and Roma and support #OperationReportHate http://bit.ly/2cqib1y
Posters for your office, school & public places
We have also produced a poster to put up in your office, school or local community centres. These can be downloaded here.
Alternatively, we have a very limited number of posters that we can pass on to you. Please contact email@example.com to see if any are still available.
Events during Hate Crime Awareness Week (8-15 October 2016)
National Hate Crime Awareness week is now in its sixth year. GRT communities have to date never been a part of this very important week. To ensure inclusion in this year’s event, we are encouraging as many organisations and community groups as possible to put on events during the week.
If you are interested in holding an event but aren’t sure how, please get in touch and we’ll try to help. We will also be posting here regularly updating people on upcoming events, so do check back.
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:
- Being shouted at in the street
- Being turned away from a pub
- 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.
4. Why should I report hate crime?
Hate crimes hurt the victim and the rest of the community too. By reporting a hate crime you may stop it from happening to someone else.
Hate crimes against Gypsies, Travellers and Roma happen a lot, but we do not report them as often as other people. If we want more to be done to protect us and our families, we need to prove how big the problem is.
The more hate crimes that we report, the more seriously they will be taken.
5. How can I report hate crime?
If it is not an emergency and you want to tell the police directly, you can call 101.
Do I have to give my name?
If you want the hate crime to be investigated then you will need to give your name and contact details.
But you do not have to give your name if you do not want to. Your report will still help to build up a picture of the hate crimes that Gypsies, Travellers and Roma experience.
What will happen next?
The police are required to investigate every hate crime reported to them.
Even if the police cannot prosecute, by reporting the crime it will be easier to get them to put things in place to help stop it happening again in the future.
6. I don't want to go directly to the police: third party reporting centres
If you feel more comfortable, you can also go through a Gypsy, Traveller and Roma ‘third-party reporting centre’ who can take your story and pass it on to the authorities (if you want them to). You can report hate crimes through the following places.
Travelling Ahead is based in Wales and works with young Gypsies, Travellers and Roma.
Article 12 is based in Scotland and works with some of the most marginalised young people in Scotland, including Gypsy/Travellers.
Irish Community Care Merseyside works with the Irish and Irish Traveller communities across Merseyside and Cheshire.
Leeds GATE is a member organisation for Gypsy and Traveller people in West Yorkshire.
Alternatively, there are lots of other organisations that would be happy to help you with any hate crime issues:
Friends, Families and Travellers (based in Brighton)
7. Videos and other useful resources
- challenging social media hate speech – Factsheet
- challenging written hate speech – Factsheet with letter template
Friends, Families and Travellers report racism poster.
Marc Willers QC (Garden Court Chambers) wrote a fantastic article about hate crime against GTR people.
Traveller Movement hate crime briefing.
For more useful resources, visit our dedicated webpage.
Leeds GATE produced a short film to raise awareness of Gypsies and Travellers experiences of hate crime in West Yorkshire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG1WBrFc6rE
Travelling Ahead working with young Gypsies and Travellers has produced a number of videos sharing young people’s experiences. http://www.travellingahead.org.uk/rights-advice/report-hate-crime/
They also made a film called Travellers Tales to dispel myths about Gypsies and Travellers. http://www.travellingahead.org.uk/projects/tackling-hate-crime/
Article 12 in Scotland have also produced a film, made by a group of young Gypsies and Travellers, which raises the issue of hate crime. https://vimeo.com/143010964
Traveller Movement launched #DontTeachHate, a short campaign video with the premise that children aren’t born to hate. They are taught to hate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEplK9wc4M8&feature=youtu.be
Here are some of the organisations who are supporting the #OperationReportHate campaign
- Article 12
- Leeds GATE
- Herts GATE
- Irish Community Care Merseyside
- Travelling Ahead
- Gypsy Council Cooperative
- The Romani Cultural and Arts Company
- Open Society
- Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association
- True Vision
- National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups
- Rene Cassin
- Travellers’ Times
- Irish Chaplaincy’s Traveller Equality Project
- Joseph Rownree Charitable Trust
- Southwark Travellers’ Action Group
If you or your organisation would like to lend your support to the campaign, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other online reporting sites
iStreetWatch is a website http://www.istreetwatch.co.uk/ created in response to the rise in street harassment following the referendum result.
- It is connected to Google maps to create a visual map of racist and xenophobic incidents in the UK as they happen.
- Moderators publish the reports online to the map and timeline so that people can see when and where harassment is happening.
- People are also asked to visit the site to take a pledge to challenge racism and xenophobia and speak up when it is safe to do so.
C.O.N.T.A.C.T is a European Union supported project that aims to do something about this through a hate crime recording website and phone app, training of police and officials and research into hate crime. Report hate crime here: http://reportinghate.eu/en/
Report. Record. Resolve.