The film's director David George said:
It was a privilege to work with all those involved in out film 'Mate Crime'. I was very pleased to be asked to introduce the film at the Royal Society of Medicine, where i hope it will illustrate the good work of many individuals in tackling this problem on the Island.
Mate crime is a criminal offence and refers to the befriending of people. who are perceived by perpetrators to be vulnerable, for the purposes of taking advantage of, manipulating and/or abusing them. The perpetrator is likely to be perceived as a close friend, a carer or family member and will use this relationship for exploitation. Mate crime is occurring on the Isle of Wight but is currently underreported.
The film was developed to raise awareness of mate crime which can affect people of all ages, including people with a learning disability, older people and people with a mental health condition and will be used as a bigger project with the Local Safeguarding Adults Board, to make people aware of what mate crime is and how that can report their concerns if they suspect someone is a victim.