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Mate Crime

What is mate crime?

Mate Crime is a type of abuse where people exploit friendships with vulnerable adults.

Mate crime resources

Safety Net: Friend or Fake? An Easy Read Guidance Booklet about Hate Crime and Mate Crime

Getting Away With Murder Disabled people’s experiences of hate crime in the UK

Brandon Trust holds workshops on how disabled people and staff can recognise mate crime. Find out more on the Brandon Trust website

Brandon Trust have produced a film about Disability hate crime and bullying and an accompanying Guide of Disability Hate Crime.


What is cuckooing?

Cuckooing is where a criminal (or abuser), or someone connected with them, befriends an individual who lives on their own. The criminal then moves in and uses the property to operate unlawfully or carry out an abusive activity. The person being cuckooed is often lonely, isolated and vulnerable.

Ahead of Stop Adult Abuse Week (SAAW) 2020, KBSP and partners have put together a leaflet on Cuckooing and Covid-19. 

Cuckooing and Covid-19 leaflet

Cuckooing: A Joint Approach

This presentation on cuckooing has been produced by the National Crime Agency and National ROCU network. It is in a ‘self-teach’ style and includes a number of videos, including a victim’s account. This may be useful to partners who may come into contact with people who are vulnerable to exploitation.

Cuckooing: A Joint Approach Presentation

See No Evil Video:

This short video aims to alert people to the exploitation risk of vulnerable adults whose accommodation can be used by unscrupulous drugs gangs in a process known as ‘cuckooing’.

The part-animated video by Cass Productions, features four of Blue Apple’s actors who all have learning disabilities, as well as real-life police officers.

Other resources

A BSAB conference in 2018 on Adult Exploitation, Mate Crime and Coercive Control, visit the Conferences webpage to see the presentations and other materials.

In 2018 the Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board published a Thematic Mate Crime Review into the prevalence of Mate Crime in Bristol. You can read the full report on the Safeguarding Adult Review webpage.