Hate Crime

How you can help us stop hate crime

We do not tolerate hate crime, and you can help us stop it. You can report a hate crime in the following ways:

  • call Dorset Police on 101 or fill out their reporting form
  • call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Hate crime is any criminal offence against a person or property motivated by the offender's hatred of someone because of their: 

  • race, skin colour, ethnic origin or nationality
  • religion
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • age

Hate crime can take many forms, including:

  • Physical attacks - such as physical assault, property damage, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson.
  • Threats - such as offensive letters, abusive telephone calls, intimidation and hateful complaints.
  • Verbal abuse or insults - such as offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying at school or the workplace.

By reporting these kinds of incidents, even anonymously, you can help us get a better idea our community’s problems. 

We work in partnership with other organisations across Dorset to tackle hate crime and discrimination in a forum called Prejudice Free Dorset.

More about hate crime support and useful contacts.

Useful links

True Vision - information about hate crime and how to report it.  

Tell MAMA - MAMA is a public service for checking anti-Muslim attacks.

Community Security Trust - for anti-Semitic incidents.

GALOP - For LGBT incidents.