The LGBT Dorset Equality Network has received a financial boost in the form of a grant from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The funding is to help pay for training on dealing with people who have victimised for their sexuality, helping improve Dorset Equality Network’s ability to help victims of hate crime.
The provider of the training is Dorset Advocacy and this funding has paved the way for the creation of a partnership between Dorset Advocacy and LGBT Dorset Equality Network, allowing greater access to specialists for people who report hate crimes to the third-party reporting service, the Network.
Alan Mercel-Sanca, Lead officer from the Network said: “We want to encourage an environment across Dorset where people can speak up and come forward.
“We’re now much clearer on getting the message out about what people can do when they have issues, because we know the structures that Dorset Advocacy use.
“We’re now far better as an outreach service because of this training, and we’re able to offer much better support to people across Dorset who feel they’ve been bullied or victimised.”
Martyn Underhill, Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner whose office sanctioned the funding said: “Nobody should ever have to tolerate being unfairly targeted or discriminated against because of their sexuality or gender identity.
“However, if anyone does find themselves in that situation it’s vital they have access to skilled advocates who are able to stand in their corner and argue their case.
“I’m proud to support the network and I hope during Pride Month, other people who have been victimised will come forward to benefit from their work.”
To find out more about LGBT Dorset Equality Network’s work visit their website.