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Hate and mate crime

People who start doing hate crime and/or mate crime may start off being friendly, but they may end up bullying you. Hate crime and mate crime are both serious and should be reported.


What is hate crime?

Hate crime is when someone picks on you or is horrible to you, examples could be:

  • young people throwing stones at your windows or damaging your property
  • strangers stealing things from you, like your bag, your money, your bus pass or your mobile phone
  • colleagues calling you names
  • people being violent to you, picking on you, hitting you or beating you up
  • 'friends' sending rude or nasty messages to you on your computer or mobile phone

What is mate crime?

Mate crime is when someone pretends to be your friend and uses you, your money or your belongings instead.

It is often done in private and the person might tell you to keep it a secret, examples could be:

  • members of your family taking money from you without asking
  • your friend coming round every time you get your benefit payments and making you go out and spend your money buying them things
  • a neighbour asking to borrow your mobile phone and using up all the credit
  • your mates always coming to your flat for a party and expecting you to pay for all the food and drink (even if you don't mind)
  • a friend who takes you out in their car every week, but makes you pay lots of money for the petrol
  • your partner saying you should have sex with other people for money

People with disabilities

People with disabilities can often be victims of hate and mate crime. Both can be done by anyone - by someone you may have just met or someone you have know for a long time, such as:

  • a friend or family
  • someone you work with
  • your girlfriend or boyfriend
  • support staff or your carer
  • local shopkeeper
  • a neighbour or someone who visits you at home

What should you do if hate or mate crime happens to you?

  • Tell as many people as you can.
  • Tell your real friends or your family.
  • Tell your support worker or carer.
  • Tell your neighbour.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse.
  • Tell your local safeguarding adults team.
  • Tell the police.

Tell them what has happened to you is a hate crime or a mate crime.

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