Dorset Race Equality Council offers information, advice and advocacy to people who have experienced discrimination or abuse on account of their race or religion. This service is free at the point of access and open to all residents living in Bournemouth, Poole or Dorset.

We also offer a third-party reporting service for the victims of hate crime or hate incidents, who may not wish to go directly to the Police. This enables us to ensure that victims have access to appropriate support and, if they wish for us to do so, we can pass on valuable information to the Police, whilst protecting the victim’s anonymity.

The term “hate crime” can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity (protected characteristics). When no crime has been committed, but an act takes place that nevertheless demonstrates hostility towards a victim on account of their protected characteristic/s, this is known as a hate incident.

Hate Crime:
Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race, religion or perceived religion, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.

Hate incident:
Any non-crime incident, which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender or disability. i.e. name calling, being treated les favourably. If you would like any more information about our Casework or Third-Party Reporting services, please contact us on 01202 392954 or