“I hope the river floods” Everyday hatred against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Thompson, Naomi and Woodger, David. 2018. “I hope the river floods” Everyday hatred against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Other. GATE Herdfordshire. [Report]

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This evaluation has analysed the cases of hate crime towards Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities in the UK that have been reported to the Report Racism GRT website since its inception in July 2016. The evaluation took place in February 2018 and considered all cases reported to the site that were from the UK, removing any spam, duplicates and cases outside the UK. In total, 115 cases were analysed. These were subject to both quantitative analysis of the nature of reporting and abuse, as well as qualitative analysis to identify key themes and examples. As many of the reports stated that the incidents affected all three key group categories; Gypsy, Roma and Traveller - or did not state which they related to specifically, the evaluation has not made a specific distinction between these groups in the analysis of cases. A small number of follow-up interviews took place with some reporters who had given permission to be contacted, where more information on particular cases was needed.

Of the 115 cases, 89 (77%) of incidents were reported by people from GRT groups and 26 (23%) by third parties.

20% of the incidents reported to Report Racism GRT were also reported to police.

18% of the incidents reported to the site by people from GRT groups were reported to police compared with 27% of third parties reporting to police.

The most common reason for not reporting to police was a lack of confidence that the police would act. 57% of people who did not report to police gave this reason.

People reporting to the site chose the type of incident they were reporting from several categories (they could choose multiple categories per incident).

The most common type of incident reported to Report Racism GRT was online hate (67%).

Despite the focus of Report Racism GRT on hate crime in particular, the second most common category chosen was discrimination (30%).
The themes identified in the qualitative analysis of the cases were: social media abuse; media incitement; reinforcing negative stereotypes; harassment, intimidation and violence; discrimination and exclusion from services; and bullying at school or work.

This report outlines the quantitative and qualitative findings including both online and offline examples of abuse and discrimination.

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Report (Other)


everyday hatred, gypsy, roma, traveller, hate crime, UK, racism

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Faiths and Civil Society
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Centre for Community Engagement Research


1 February 2018

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Date Deposited:

17 Jul 2018 16:09

Last Modified:

21 Feb 2020 10:46



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