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What is abuse?

If you have concerns about the welfare of a vulnerable adult please report the abuse online, or by phone 0300 365 1234.

    Types of abuse

Abuse is any behaviour towards a person that causes him or her harm, endangers life, or violates their rights including:

  • Physical e.g. shaking or slapping someone
  • Sexual e.g. any sexual act to which the person has not consented
  • Psychological e.g. threats of harm or abandonment, humiliation, intimidation, verbal abuse
  • Financial e.g. stealing someone's money or denying them access to their money or possessions
  • Neglect e.g. ignoring someone's medical or care needs, withholding food
  • Discriminatory e.g. racist or sexist abuse and harassment, this can include hate crime

    Where abuse can happen

People can be abused in: 

  • Their own home
  • Residential and nursing homes
  • Day centres
  • Work
  • Hospitals, police stations and other public places

    Who could be an abuser?

  • A partner, child or relative, or other household member
  • A friend or neighbour
  • A volunteer worker
  • A health or social worker
  • A member of staff in a residential or nursing home or sheltered housing scheme
  • Another vulnerable adult
  • Anyone else who has contact with a vulnerable adult 

    Easy read guide to keeping adults safe

    Further information


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