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.
Notes on what was discussed at the Bournemouth and Poole Equality and Diversity Forum on Thursday, 10th April 2014 at the Bournemouth Central Library are ready to download.
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The Diverse Dorset Anti-Discrimination Consortium is holding a conference on the 20th May 2014, at the Poole Lighthouse. The aim of the conference is to explore equality and diversity issues within educational establishments in line with the Equality Act 2010 and using a youth led approach.
Bullying, prejudice and discrimination, in all their forms, are still major issues for young people and we aim to raise awareness of some of the concerns that surround bullying and discrimination including ways of tackling them. This youth led project is partly funded by Big Lottery Awards for All.
Gypsy, Roma, Traveller month is a free family event including display of a traditional Gypsy caravan, photos, activities and music celebrationg Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history and culture in Dorset.
The event will take place in Dorchester Borough Gardens on Friday, 30th May from 12 noon till 4pm.
Come along and learn something new about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community!