The Dorset Race Equality Council confirmed that although there was an immediate increase in reported hate crime following the Brexit vote, this had not been sustained.
As a whole, the Dorset area voted leave by 16% on June 23rd, and whilst the result of the vote to leave the European Union may not be a direct cause of the violence, it certainly exacerbated tensions within communities.
However, the increase seen in the reporting of hate crime has since subsided.
Increased by 20% since the same time last year
Hate flagged crime increased by 20% in the Dorset area since the same time last year, around the time of the vote to leave the EU, with a national average of 42% more than the previous year. Hampshire police also revealed that reports of hate crime in Hampshire the week after the EU referendum was 12 higher than the previous week.
A spokesperson for the Dorset Race Equality Council said “We did see an increase in the reporting of hate crime straight after the Brexit vote, but this increase has not been sustained. However, it does not mean that there is no more hate crime locally, just the reporting of hate crime has gone back down”.
The aggression seen after the vote to leave the EU was not just focused on racial or religious groups, according to Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender charity Galop
According to Galop, which supports victims of homophobic violence, homophobic attacks also rose by 146%, in the three months after the EU Referendum.