Hate Crime

What is hate crime?

Hate 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.

Tell me more

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.

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 you are deaf or have a speech impairment click here for reporting and contact information.  

You can also report online at True Vision:

True Vision's online reporting facility has been developed so that you can report hate crimes online, if you do not want to report directly to the police. The police take hate crime very seriously and will record and investigate offences even if you do not want to give your details. However, you must note that the investigation and ability to prosecute is more limited if the police cannot contact you.

The police will not pass on your details without your consent and would ask you to consider giving your details confidentially.

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 Information
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

Easy Read Materials

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 (Google Play or iTunes) for your device and use the search facility by typing 'Hate Crime2'.

Android QR code
iphone QR code

Prejudice Free Dorset

Prejudice Free Dorset is a partnership organisation that seeks to promote inclusive communities across Dorset. The group works together to challenge prejudice in Dorset so that all individuals can go about their daily lives safely and with confidence.

Prejudice Free Dorset members include: Dorset Police, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole Council, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth University, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Victim Support, NHS and other third sector community groups.

Our message is clear:  hate crime will never be tolerated , victims of crime will be supported and offenders will be brought to justice, where possible.

Support for victims of disability harassment or hate crime

Download our guide to the support available for victims of disability harassment or hate crime below. 

British Sign Language

We have a video available which provides some important information about Hate Crime and Incidents communicated by British Sign Language. You can view these videos by following this link

Provide feedback on this page