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What is Financial Abuse?

Financial abuse is the main form of abuse by the Office of the Public Guardian both amongst adults and children at risk. Financial recorded abuse can occur in isolation, but as research has shown, where there are other forms of abuse, there is likely to be financial abuse occurring. Whilst this is not always the case, staff and volunteers need to aware of and vigilant to this.

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What are the different types of abuse?

Abuse can take many forms, including:

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Concerns as a member of the public

Adult abuse happens every day. You may be aware of it, but don’t know what to do about it.

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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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What is Discriminatory Abuse?

This type of Abuse is motivated by discriminatory and oppressive attitudes towards people on the grounds of disability, gender and gender identity and reassignment, age, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and political beliefs.

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What is Mate Crime?

Mate Crime is a form of hate crime and is defined as the exploitation, abuse or theft from any person at risk from those they consider to be their friends. Those that commit such abuse or theft are often referred to as 'fake friends'. People with disabilities, particularly those with learning disabilities, are often the targets of this type of crime.

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Concerns as a worker/volunteer

People’s wellbeing is at the heart of the care and support system under the Care Act 2014, and the prevention of abuse and neglect is one of the elements identified as going to make up a person’s wellbeing.

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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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