Racism and Discrimination

National evidence

National evidence suggests that hate crime is also reportedly an issue faced by some of the Gypsy and Traveller community; although there is a lack of evidence to clarify the severity or frequency of this.  There is a dedicated contact-line for reporting hate crime that is deliberately distanced from the police service.  The use of this service by Gypsies and Travellers and the outcomes of any resulting investigations are not readily obtainable.  There are many negative and entrenched views held by the public about Gypsies and Travellers.  It is believed members of the community may face racism and discrimination.  Nationally, a lack of confidence in the role that the police and public services play in protecting the community from discrimination has been expressed.