Hate and Mate Crime – What is it?
A key objective for Lincolnshire Police is to raise awareness and understanding of hate crime and mate crime within our communities.
Hate Crime – What Is It?
Defined as: “A crime that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity” – it has 5 strands associated with:
– Religion, identified gender, disability (including mental health), ethnicity and sexuality.
Whilst there is no statutory definitions of mate crime in UK law, the term is generally understood to refer to the befriending of people, who are perceived by perpetrators to be vulnerable, for the purposes of taking advantage of, exploiting and or abusing them – e.g. strongly but not exclusively linked to perpetrators taking advantage of people with a learning disability or mental health condition.
Awareness raising within communities is likely to promote an increase in the understanding of these types of offences and give victims or witnesses confidence to report matters. Any incident can be reported to Lincolnshire Police by calling 101 (or 999 in emergencies), or online at: www.lincs.police.uk.