'Mate crime': ridicule, hostility and targeted attacks against disabled people

Author(s) Thomas, Pan
Title 'Mate crime': ridicule, hostility and targeted attacks against disabled people
Source Disability & Society, 2011, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp 107-111
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary In this article the author defines 'mate crime' as hostile acts of perpetrators who share domesticity to some degree with the victim and there is a mutual relationship. Disabled persons in these situations are less likely to complain to the police. The author discusses the need to recognise the problem of 'mate crime' against disabled people, and the difference between hate crime and crime against a vulnerable person. A carer may have power over a disabled person through such actions as withholding personal care or withholding medication and may take advantage by claiming carer's allowance but not actually supporting the disabled person. A key feature of 'mate crime' is the disabled person's need for relationships. The author suggests that what is termed 'mate crime' has more in common with domestic violence than 'hate crime' and as such needs the appropriate response by authorities, including police and service providers.
Keywords Disabled people; vulnerability; relationships; hate crime
Topic Disability