7.22 AM Friday 27 May 2016

Hate Crime

What is Hate Crime?

Love Life Report Hate Crime logoHate crimes are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards the person’s:

  • Disability
  • 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 Crimes:

To Dorset Police:

  • In an emergency dial 999
  • Dial 101 for non emergency matters
  • Report online to Dorset Police


If your are deaf or have a speech impairment:


You can also report online at True Vision


Easy Read Materials

Hate Crime Information Leaflet (1.6MB PDF) >

Reporting 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'.




Google Play >   iTunes >
QR code for the Hate Crime2 App for Android   QR code for the hate Crime2 app on the iTunes app store



3rd Party Reporting Centres:




Support for victims of disability harrassment or hate crime

Download our guide to the support available for victims of disability harrassment or hate crime:


Support for victims if disability harrassment or hate crime (66kb PDF) >

ArrowSupport for victims if disability harrassment or hate crime (92kb MS Word doc) >



Advocacy Services

Intercom Trust

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 authorities. 

The Helpline and Advocacy Service are staffed by professional and trained workers and volunteers.

For more information please contact 0800 612 3010, email Andy@intercomtrust.org.uk or write to: 

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 all times.

For more information please contact their office on 01202 392954. Alternatively email enquiries@dorsetrec.org.uk


Dorset Advocacy

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 enquiries@dorsetadvocacy.co.uk