Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board monthly spotlight: Disability Hate & Mate Crime

This month, Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board would like to put the spotlight on the topic of Disability Hate & Mate crime.

They have put together some useful information and facts to help raise awareness and understanding of this type of abuse.

Unfortunately, these types of incidents are prevalent in our society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and as such we all have a duty to help safeguard those individuals, who may be experiencing abuse, or at risk of abuse or neglect.

A disability hate crime is a criminal offence motivated by hatred or prejudice towards a person because of their actual or perceived disability. The incident can be a one-off or it can be a series of ongoing harassments.

Despite initial assumptions that it is only strangers to the victim that commit these crimes, perpetrators can also be carers, neighbours, family members or someone that was considered a friend.

Mate crime is often hidden but these signs may indicate something is wrong:

  • They suddenly appear to have a new friend or a much larger friendship group and a more active social life. These new people seem to have an undue influence. They may be visiting the adult with care and support needs at home for social gatherings.
  • They comment that their friends will be disappointed if a certain activity doesn’t take place. They may express worry that they’ll lose their friends. They may appear uneasy about the friendship.
  • They may be spending their own money to pay for concert tickets for others or taxi fares or rounds of drinks. They may be buying gifts for other people or giving away precious possessions. They may suddenly change their will.
  • The person may unexpectedly change their routine, behaviour or appearance. They may have unexplained injuries, look scruffy or dirty or show signs of mental ill health.

For useful resources, including information on how to report Disability Hate Crime and/or Mate Crime, visit the Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board website by clicking this link.

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