What is Hate Crime?
Hate crimes are targeted at a person because of hostility or
prejudice towards the person’s:
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
This can be in the form of’ verbal abuse, physical assault,
domestic abuse, harassment and damage to property.
If someone is bullied as a result of their disability, race,
religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity this is also
dealt with, either as a Hate Crime or non-crime Hate
Incident. Bullying can be name-calling, being spat at or
kicked, or having your things taken or damaged.
Why should you report Hate Crime?
By reporting this when it happens to you may help prevent this
happening to someone else. It also helps us understand the
extent and impact of discrimination or prejudice so we can better
respond to it.
You can report if you are a victim, a witness or if you are
reporting on behalf of someone else.
How to report Hate Incidents and Crimes
There are a number of ways to report Hate Incidents and
To Dorset Police:
- In an emergency dial 999
- Dial 101 for non emergency matters
online to Dorset Police
If your are deaf or have a speech
You can also report online at True Vision
Easy Read Materials
Information Leaflet (1.6MB PDF) >
Crime Form (4.2MB PDF) >
Hate Crime2 App
Working together to help victims of hate
crime, Dorset Police, Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Borough
Council have launched a pioneering App for iPhone and Android
smartphones, produced to help victims of hate crime. The App
helps the most vulnerable members of society understand how to deal
with the traumatic effect of such crimes, why it happens, how to
report it and where to seek help and support.
Hate crime is widely under reported and we
know this through our work with communities and supporting
agencies. The App allows individuals to report in the moment
and in the privacy of their own safe environment.
To download the App, please scan the relevant
QR code or visit the relevant App store for your device and use the
search facility by typing 'Hate Crime2'.
3rd Party Reporting Centres:
Support for victims of disability harrassment or hate
Download our guide to the support available for victims of
disability harrassment or hate crime:
victims if disability harrassment or hate crime (66kb PDF)
victims if disability harrassment or hate crime (92kb MS Word
Intercom Trust offers support and advocacy on issues such as
homophobic or transphobic attacks, discrimination, abuse, bullying,
harassment, accessing goods and services, employment and sexual
orientation / gender identity.
As part of this service they can provide you with information
and support to empower you to speak up with agencies or statutory
The Helpline and Advocacy Service are staffed by professional
and trained workers and volunteers.
For more information please contact 0800 612 3010, email
Help and Info,
The Intercom Trust,
PO Box 285,
Dorset Race Equality Council
Dorset Race Equality Council works in partnership with all
Dorset Councils to provide an advocacy service for minority ethnic
individuals. They help anyone who feels that they have received a
poor service or have been treated differently because of their
race, religion, faith or belief. They also help victims of abuse,
harassment or violence (Hate Crimes).
The Community Advocate remains independent from all local
statutory bodies but has strong links and partnerships within them
to be able to resolve any issues. They discuss a course of action
with each client, and act in the best interests of the client at
For more information please contact their office
on 01202 392954. Alternatively email email@example.com
Dorset Advocacy exists to create and support one to one
partnerships between people who have learning disabilities and
volunteer advocates. Through these partnerships, people who have a
learning disability can speak up, promote their interests, and play
a fuller part in the life of their community.
For more information please contact 01305 251033 or email