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What is Mate Crime?

Mate Crime is a form of hate crime and is defined as the exploitation, abuse or theft from any person at risk from those they consider to be their friends. Those that commit such abuse or theft are often referred to as 'fake friends'. People with disabilities, particularly those with learning disabilities, are often the targets of this type of crime.

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What are the different types of abuse?

Abuse can take many forms, including:

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How do I report harm or a concern?

Abuse can happen to anyone, but some adults are more "at risk" of abuse or neglect because they are more vulnerable.

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What is Hate Crime?

Hate crimes are any crimes (actual criminal offences) that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's:

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Risk assessment process

This process, which should be undertaken in advance of the face-to-face, includes gathering information from systems held within the Local authority and in conversations held with other professionals including GP’s and the police where appropriate, who know, or have some involvement with the Adult at Risk.

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What is Financial Abuse?

Financial abuse is the main form of abuse by the Office of the Public Guardian both amongst adults and children at risk. Financial recorded abuse can occur in isolation, but as research has shown, where there are other forms of abuse, there is likely to be financial abuse occurring. Whilst this is not always the case, staff and volunteers need to aware of and vigilant to this.

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What is Discriminatory Abuse?

This type of Abuse is motivated by discriminatory and oppressive attitudes towards people on the grounds of disability, gender and gender identity and reassignment, age, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and political beliefs.

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