Gwent Police – Mate Crime

We were recently visited by two officers from Gwent Police who talked to us about Mate Crime.  Mate Crime is a form of hate crime that is defined as abuse or theft being carried out by someone who claims to be a friend.  This can include financial abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse.  People with learning disabilities are often the target of mate crime.

The Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer and Community Support officer who visited us told us that the police take these crimes very seriously and they want people to REPORT IT!  They acknowledged that this can be scary but there is always someone that will look after you and support you. They said that you can call them on 101, or contact them via Crimestoppers or Facebook.  If a crime is in the process of being committed you can call 999.