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.

It may be a feature of any form of abuse and manifests itself as physical abuse/assault, sexual abuse/assault, financial abuse/theft, neglect and psychological abuse/harassment. It includes verbal abuse and racist, sexist, homophobic or ageist comments, or jokes or any other form of harassment. It also includes not responding to dietary needs and not providing appropriate spiritual support.

Examples of Discriminatory Abuse include:

  • Unequal treatment;
  • Verbal abuse;
  • Inappropriate use of language;
  • Slurs;
  • Harassment;
  • Deliberate exclusion
  • Anti social behaviour - hate incidents and hate crime, see Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003

Potential indicators of Discriminatory Abuse include:

  • A person may reject their own cultural background and/or racial origin or other personal beliefs, sexual practices or lifestyle choices;
  • A person making complaints about the service not meeting their needs;
  • Lack of respect shown to an individual;
  • Signs of a sub-standard service offered to an individual;
  • Repeated exclusion from rights afforded to citizens such as health, education, employment, criminal justice and civic status;
  • Failure to follow the agreed care plans can result in the adult being placed at risk.