Preventing abuse

Living a life that's free from harm and abuse is everyone’s human right. We all need to act as good neighbours and citizens in looking out for one another and preventing the isolation that can lead to abusive situations, and put adults at risk of harm. Let’s make sure our communities are fair, compassionate and caring to each other. Abuse can be prevented by:

  • Knowing our rights
  • Visiting people who live on their own
  • Making complaints if we aren’t happy with the services we receive
  • Challenging bad behaviour when we see it
  • Not passing on our financial details to others
  • Not letting strangers into our houses
  • Making arrangements in advance about how our money and care decisions are managed

Please do your part to stop abuse from occurring to others. If you find out about something and you can't manage to stop it on your own, please speak to someone who will be able to help, like the police, the person’s doctor or someone supporting the adult affected.

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What is abuse

There are lots of different types of abuse including:

  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic abuse 
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Financial or material abuse
  • Modern slavery
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Organisational abuse
  • Neglect and acts of omission
  • Self-neglect

 

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Who is at risk of abuse?

People who need additional help and support are particularly at risk of abuse. This includes:

  • The elderly and frail due to ill health, physical disability or cognitive impairment
  • People with a learning disability
  • Those who have a physical disability and/or a sensory impairment
  • Adults with mental health needs
  • Those with a long-term illness/condition
  • Misusers of substances or alcohol
  • Carers such as family members and friends

Adults can be more at risk of abuse when they:

  • Need help washing and dressing
  • Live alone and have few visitors
  • Find it hard to communicate
  • Depend on others to look after their money
  • Don't have someone to speak up for them

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