Dorset Race Equality Council provides members of all Dorset ethnic minority communities with a range of advice for those who experience discrimination and racism.

If you require help and support please contact us by phone, email, or arrange an appointment for a meeting in our office.


Click here to find ways of contacting us.


Connecting Advice in Dorset

Connecting Advice in Dorset is a consortium of all the Citizens Advice Bureaux in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, Shelter, Dorset Race Equality Council and Ansbury (Young people advice service). The aim of this consortium has been to map out all the organisations providing advice in the county and to develop a single point of contact to make it easier for people in Dorset to find the advice they need when they need it and/or to find the organisation that can best help them. This single point of contact is

Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre

DorsetRapeCrisisSCcolourlogoDorset Rape Crisis Support Centre is a charity based in Poole, offering support to men, women and children who have been raped or sexually abused. They give free, confidential emotional and practical support to anyone who has suffered sexual violence of any kind, at any time.

You can find advice, resources and details about how to get support their website: or you can call the confidential helpline and out of hours answerphone service on 01202 308855.

Victim Support

 VSlogoVictim Support is the Dorset charity for victims and witnesses of crime.  They provide a local service for local people affected by crime, offer emotional support through trained volunteers as well as practical solutions to help people find their strength when crime comes into their lives.  You can contact Victim Support at any time after a crime, when the time is right for you, and do not have to report the crime to the Police.

Victim Support cover the whole of Dorset and their telephone number 01202 606 200 is available 24 hours.  Please feel free to contact them on this number or via VS website on and they will be happy to help you. 

Victim Support have a drop-in surgery in Poole library on Wednesday afternoons (1.30pm – 5pm) where you can either go there to speak with a volunteer or pre-arrange a support session (to book an appointment please call 01202 606 200).

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse

 KN PosterHonour based abuse is inexcusable. Everyone has the right to be respected and to not be abused and treated badly in the name of honour.

Honour based abuse is defined as:

“An incident or crime which has or may have been committed to
protect or defend the honour of the family and or community”

Honour based abuse is where a person is being punished by their family or community for actually or allegedly undermining what they believe to be the correct code of behaviour. By not conforming it may be perceived that the person may have brought shame or dishonour to the family.

 Forced marriage is unacceptable. Everyone has the right to choose who they marry and when they marry. No major religion or faith supports the practice of forced marriage.

A forced marriage is defined as where:

“ or both spouses do not (or, in the case of some vulnerable
adults, cannot) consent to the marriage and duress is involved.
Duress can include physical, psychological, financial, sexual and
emotional pressure...”

Dorset Race Equality Council condemns all forms of honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

If you are being forced into a marriage against your will, or you feel trapped in an abusive marriage to protect your family’s honour, you can contact Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247 or visit their website at for confidential advice and support.

Likewise, Karma Nirvana are also happy to advise concerned professionals and members of the public.

Click here to view Karma Nirvana information leaflet.


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