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Abuse of adults at risk (part one) text here

Who is an adult at risk?

Adults at risk are adults in need of care and support who may be at risk of abuse or neglect. This may be because they are older or have a mental health problem, a learning or physical disability.

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What are the signs of abuse?

•    Behaviour - they may become withdrawn, depressed, tearful or lose their appetite. They may also become angry or aggressive without apparent reason.
•     Personal hygiene – they may take less care of their appearance and spend less time bathing, shaving or washing their hair.
•     Lifestyle – they may stop going out, lack money to access leisure services or buy food or try to deter visitors. They may become fearful of being left alone with certain people.
•     Injuries – they may have unexplained or frequent injuries.


What kinds of abuse should I look out for? 

  • Domestic abuse including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so called ‘honour’ based abuse.
  • Physical abuse – including hitting, pushing, kicking, shaking or restraining. 
  • Sexual abuse – such as inappropriate touching, rape, sexual assault or sexual acts of any kind to which the adult at risk has not consented to.
  • Psychological or emotional  abuse – includes being shouted at, ridiculed or bullied, as well as being made to feel frightened or pressured into decisions.
  • Financial or material abuse – means misusing, withholding or stealing someone’s money or belongings. When people take control or steal others’ money.
  • Discriminatory abuse – poor treatment or harassment based on age, gender, sexuality, disability, race or religious belief.
  • Neglect – failure to provide appropriate care that results in someone being harmed.
  • Modern slavery encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude.
  • Organisational abuse - including neglect and poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting such as a hospital or care home, or in relation to care provided in one’s own home.
  • Self-neglect a wide range of behaviour neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding.


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