Race Hate Crime
"A hate crime is any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by prejudice against a persons' race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, asylum seeker status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability".
A hate incident is defined as:
"Any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate".
Have you been a victim of Race Hate Crime in Dorset?
If you have, Dorset REC is here to help you, contact us by phone, email, or arrange an appointment.
In reporting race hate crime you also help protect others who may be suffering in silence and distress from this unacceptable crime.
Many people are unsure of whether or not they have been victims of race hate incidents. The following may be of assistance in better understanding this unacceptable, anti-social form of behaviour:
• Physical assault and violence
• Verbal abuse and harassment
• Threats and intimidation, humiliation of various kinds
• Psychological and/or emotional violence
• Malicious communications, letters, emails & texts
• Property damage
• Offensive graffiti
• Offensive leaflets, posters, abusive gestures • Criticising someone because of their visible difference or their accent or their clothing
• Stereotyping the victim
• Displaying pictures or images which degrade people from other cultures
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.
As hate crime is thought to be widely under- reported, the app allows individuals to report instances in the privacy of their own safe environment.
Adnan Chaudry, Chief Executive of Dorset Race Equality Council, said: “I am delighted with this great initiative. We know that there is still under-reporting of hate crime in Dorset and this app will make it easier for people to report incidents easily and quickly.”
The Hate Crime 2 app sponsored by Dorset Police is available from the iTunes and Google Play storesThe app was produced by C5 Consultancy and is based on their book ‘Helping Victims of Hate Crime’.
Hamid Samiy, of C5 Consultancy, said: “If the book or the app manages to save just one person from this despicable kind of crime, then it has all been worth it.”
Superintendent Mick Rogers, Dorset Police hate crime lead, said: “The importance of reporting hate incidents and crimes cannot be underestimated. We strongly encourage people to report however they feel comfortable.
“The priority for us is to ensure that victims of hate incidents and crimes are supported and that appropriate actions are taken and we do this through a partnership approach.”
An event to formally launch the app is taking place on Tuesday 22 April at 10am at the Civic Centre, Poole. This event will bring together the key stakeholders and will raise awareness of the app with communities and supporting agencies.
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'
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