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Neil Chakraborti and Jon Garland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308768

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308768.001.0001

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Policing Hate Against Gypsies and Travellers: Dealing with the Dark Side

Policing Hate Against Gypsies and Travellers: Dealing with the Dark Side

Chapter:
(p.215) Fifteen Policing Hate Against Gypsies and Travellers: Dealing with the Dark Side
Source:
Responding to hate crime
Author(s):

Zoë James

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308768.003.0016

Research and scholarship on hate crime has increasingly recognised that Gypsies and Travellers are high risk communities. This recognition has led to their inclusion within hate crime policy as vulnerable communities that need support to report and challenge their hate victimisation. However, in practice policing agencies primarily perceive Gypsies and Travellers as problematic communities who do not live according to sedentarist norms. They are therefore subject to conflicting policy and legislation that frames them as offenders in order to remove them from living in areas deemed inappropriate. This chapter explores how the practice of policing by multiple agencies fails to effectively engage with the hate crime agenda and subsequently fails to fulfil policy requirements to protect Gypsies and Travellers from hate crime.

Keywords:   gypsies, travellers, nomadism, hate, policing

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