Everyone has the right to live free from fear, prejudice and violence, regardless of their race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any other difference.
A hate crime is any incident where you or someone else has been targeted because they or you are believed to be different, or it is any incident you believe was motivated by:
Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
Religion or faith - gender or gender identity
Sexual orientation or sexual identity
Incidents may involve:
Damage to your property
Bullying or graffiti
All hate crime is important. No hate crime is too minor to report to the police. Anyone can be the victim of a hate crime. We all have a racial identity, all have a sexual orientation, all have some sort of beliefs. Any one of us could be targeted because of some aspect of our identity. Tackling hate crime supports each and every one of us.
Hate crime is different to other forms of crime:
Hate crime targets people because of their identity. It is a form of discrimination that infringes human rights and keeps people from enjoying the full benefits of our society
Research has shown that hate crimes cause greater psychological harm than similar crimes without a motivation of prejudice
Hate crime creates fear in victims, groups and communities and encourages communities to turn on each other
Hate crime can be confusing and frightening. By reporting it, you may be able to prevent these crimes from happening to someone else. You can report hate crime online (opens in a new window) or in an emergency phone the police on 999.
You can also view the British Sign Language Video (opens in a new window) on how to report a hate crime.
If you do not feel able to report a hate crime directly to the police you can also report it to one of our hate crime reporting centres. The following organisations are reporting centres:
If you are a Magna, Sovereign or Hastoe housing tenant you can drop in to one of their local offices
Victim support has a telephone reporting line on 01202 606200
Dorchester Citizen's Advice Centre on 0845 231 0400
Weymouth College call 01305 761100
The Verne Prison (for people visiting the prison)
Dorset Race Equality Council (for race related hate crimes/incidents) call 01202 553003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have experienced hate crime and would like some help and support please contact our BME or faith related helpline on 01305 266 633 or the LGBT helpline on 01305 266 642.