A short film produced by Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP), has been funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The video explains what a hate crime is – including issues ranging from hoax calls, abusive texts and social media, to physical violence or deliberately damaging someone’s property or vehicle.
Information is also provided about how victims can report hate crime, either by reporting it on the Dorset Police website, visiting a police station to do so in person or contacting a third party reporting centre.
These organisations, including Citizens Advice BCP, have trained staff or volunteers able to talk to victims who may feel nervous about speaking directly to the police themselves, and who can pass this information on to the Force.
A full list of third party reporting centres is included on the Prejudice Free Dorset and Dorset Police websites.
The animation also explains how people who have reported a hate crime will also be contacted by the Victims’ Bureau who will provide an enhanced service to keep them updated throughout the investigation, offering support and referring them on to other services if needed.
Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said, “Hate crime has an appalling impact on victims, but sadly we know that many hate crimes across the country don’t go reported.”
In an emergency dial 999. Call 101 for non emergency matters, or report online to Dorset Police.
People who are deaf, hearing impaired or speech impaired can report issues on the Dorset Police website.
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