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Mate crime

Mate crime can happen to anyone but children and adults with learning difficulties are especially vulnerable.

It is committed when someone ‘makes friends’ with a person but goes on to abuse or exploit that person instead.

The intention of the relationship, from the point of view of the perpetrator, is therefore likely to be criminal. The perpetrator can be perceived as a carer, friend or family member but will exploit the relationship.

How to report it

You can report mate crime online, call 101 or visit a police station.

You can also visit one of our reporting hub drop-in surgeries based in Medway. You don't need an appointment (in most cases) and will be given advice and support by a trained team member:
  • Age UK – Monday to Friday, 9am-1.30pm at Mackenney Centre, Woodlands Road, Gillingham ME7 2BX
  • Ahmaddiya Nazir Mosque – Monday and Friday, 8pm-9pm at Medway Road, Gillingham, ME7 1NJ
  • Aztec Day Service – Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, strictly by appointment only. For more information please call 07973 623516.
  • Chatham Memorial Synagogue - Friday from 6pm-8pm and Saturday from 10am-12pm at 366 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1DJ
  • Kent Muslim Welfare Association – Friday, 2pm-3pm and 7pm-8pm at 114 Canterbury Street, Gillingham, ME7 5UH
  • Nucleus Café – Monday to Friday, 3pm-5pm at 272 High Street, Chatham, ME4 4BP
  • Nucleus Café – Monday to Friday, 3pm-5pm at 13 Military Road, Chatham, ME4 4JG
If you'd prefer not to report it directly to us: You can also get help and support from:

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