Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Hate Crimes Project
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03444 111 444 (same cost as a 01202 call)
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Welcome to Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Hate Crime Project homepage. The aim of the project is to tackle extremism by ensuring there is a consistent approach to the services provided to victims of hate crime. In this page, you will find:
- Information about what a hate crime and hate incident is;
- what we can offer as support;
- How to report;
- Links to other contacts of support;
- Information resources around awareness.
What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is an offence where the offender has chosen a victim specifically because of the type of person they think they are, or are seen to be. This could be because of:
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation.
However, any hate crime (or incident) that is motivated by bias or prejudice against a person’s identity can be considered a hate crime such as targeting of alternative subcultures.
Hate crimes could include:
- Damage to your property
- Writing graffiti about you
- Verbal abuse
- Online abuse
It can be a single incident or a series of incidents.
What is a Hate Incident?
A hate incident is when the victim or anyone else thinks it was motivated by hostility or prejudice, but is not a crime based on one of the following things:
- transgender identity
- Sexual orientation.
Examples could be:
Playing loud music at night in order to force someone to move out;
Blocking a Wheelchair user’s path so that they can’t get past;
WHAT CAN WE OFFER AS SUPPORT
Our trained advisers and caseworker can help you to cope with the emotional effects of being a victim of hate crime. The type of support we provide includes:
- someone to talk to in confidence about what has happened
- help with any questions you have in relation to the incident or what your options are
- giving you information about the police and court procedures
- support you and other members of your family
- helping you get in touch with other organisations that can help if there are problems we can’t deal with
- giving you advice on safety and home security
- helping parents to support children effectively if they are affected by the incident.
HOW TO REPORT
We will support you whether you have reported the crime or not. We understand that some people may not want to report hate crime to the police and that’s fine.
However, if you did want to report you can do so in the following ways:
- You can contact us directly on 03444 111 444 (same cost as a 01202 call) to speak to an adviser;
- Direct reporting to the police;
- You can also report via the Prejudice Free Dorset
- Anonymous reporting on the internet or through the post (www.report-it.org.uk).
If you do report the crime and the offender is tried and convicted, courts can take their hate motivation into account during sentencing. This means a stronger sentence could be imposed.
Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole can provide you with further information regarding reporting and support you to do this if you would like to do this.
Prejudice Free Dorset:
A partnership organisation that seeks to promote inclusive communities across Dorset. There is a clear message that hate crime will never be tolerated and victims will be supported.
Dorset Race Equality Council (Race and Religion):
Promotes racial equality and tackles racial discrimination
Call: 01202 392 954
Free and confidential support to help people deal with being a victim of crime or anti-social behaviour whether they report it to the police or not.
Call: 0300 3030 163
Access Dorset (Disability):
a charity providing advice and support for all those who are disabled or suffering from an impairment or their carers. Link to Community Safety Advice.
Contact: David Thompson
Call: 01202 771 336
People First Forum (Learning Disabilities)
A charity run for and by people with learning disabilities. They help each other speak up, lead change and provide services to local organisations.
Contact: Amanda Parsons
Call: 01202 303 765
LGB&T Dorset Equality Network
The Network was created and exists to support communities and especially lesbian gay bisexual and trans’ individuals who are voiceless, face daily dis-empowerment, vulnerability and isolation, and in particular discrimination, prejudice and hate crime.
Over the Rainbow (LGBT):
Drop in service for advice, support and information for the LGBT community of Dorset and visitors/holiday makers to the county.
Call: 01202 257 478
SPACE Youth Project (LGBT):
Safe place for anyone up to 25 years old to get to know each other and feel good about being themselves.
Contact: Helen Walsh via email at email@example.com
Call: 07973 405 280
Meeting centres for transitioning transgender (transsexual) adults that provide counselling, support and life skills.
Call: 01489 589 111
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5lEvecc0ks (harrow council, #nobystanders)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdUUD7jcMVs (home office vid)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isE_sM40GMU (bbc victims of lgbt hate crime)
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