Abuse of Adults - Speak out, don't ignore it, report it


Types of Abuse

Discriminatory

This type of abuse if often linked to a person’s race, gender, sexuality or disability. Possible indicators may be the presence of hate mail, graffiti, name calling and physical threats. Can also be linked to mate crime.

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Domestic Violence

Violent or aggressive behaviour within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner

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Emotional

Physchological abuse which can result in changes in behaviour. The adult may become withdrawn, angry or abusive. They may start to drink heavily, use drugs, or develop eating disorders.

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Radicalisation

Vulnerable adults are targeted by individuals or groups who have extreme political, social, or religious ideals that severly limit freedom of choice.

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Financial

Key indicators include an inability to pay bills, buy food and clothing even when the person is in receipt of all their benefits/pensions/wages

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Hate Crimes/Incidents

People are bullied as a result of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation. Incidents may include verbal or physical abuse, harassment and damage to property.

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Mate Crime

A form of disability hate crime in which a vulnerable person is manipulated or abused by someone they believed to be their friend

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Modern Slavery/Trafficking

Victims are usually brought into the country from overseas - being forced to illegally work against their will. Vulnerable UK residents are also being increasingly targeted.

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Neglect & Self Neglect

People being left dirty, without clean clothes or not being fed appropriately. Their health or medical needs may not be attended to .e.g denied access to aids such as hearing aids, walking frames etc...

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Organisational

Occurs when the culture and/or regime of an organisation results in the service users being mistreated, denied choice, or excluded.

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Physical

Bruises, cuts, burns, scalds, restraints marks, over medication and shaking can be common indicators of physical abuse.

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Sexual

Indicators of abuse can include sexually transmitted diseases, urinary tract infections, bruises on intimate parts of the body and reported or observed inappropriate touching.

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