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What is Domestic Violence?

With effect from March 2013, the official Government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:

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What are the different types of abuse?

Abuse can take many forms, including:

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How do I report harm or a concern?

Abuse can happen to anyone, but some adults are more "at risk" of abuse or neglect because they are more vulnerable.

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Referring Cases of Concern (Sexual Abuse)

Where a member of staff or carer is concerned that an Adult at Risk is involved in, or at risk of, sexual exploitation, they should contact their Safeguarding Adult Lead, as outlined in Stage One - Raising a concern/Duty to Enquire Procedure. The allocated social worker should also be informed, if there is one.

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Risk assessment process

This process, which should be undertaken in advance of the face-to-face, includes gathering information from systems held within the Local authority and in conversations held with other professionals including GP’s and the police where appropriate, who know, or have some involvement with the Adult at Risk.

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What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is the direct or indirect involvement in sexual activity without Consent. This could also be the inability to consent, pressure or induced to consent or take part. Sexual abuse includes rape, indecent assault, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting.

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What is Stalking?

It is hard to give an exact definition of stalking because stalkers will often use multiple and differing methods to harass their victims. Stalking can consist of any type of behaviour such as regularly sending flowers or gifts, making unwanted or malicious communication, damaging property and physical or sexual assault. If the behaviour is persistent and clearly unwanted, causing you fear, distress or anxiety then it is stalking and you should not have to live with it.

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