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Does familiarity breed contempt?

A conceptual and theoretical analysis of 'mate crime'

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  • ISBN: 978-1-905994-72-4

  • Published: 2013

  • Pages: 32

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform

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Does familiarity breed contempt

2013 John Sunley prize winner, this article by Gerard Doherty critically assesses the usefulness of the concept of ‘mate crime’, as a means of understanding offending behaviour against disabled people.

The phenomenon of ‘mate crime’ occurs when crimes are committed against disabled people by those they consider to be their friends.

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