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Keeping People Safe

What is Abuse?

Adults can be abused in a number of different ways.

Examples of abuse include:

  • Treating someone unfairly - David has learning and physical disabilities. He is often called names and shouted at because he looks and walks differently to other people.
  • Monetary abuse - Joy’s son takes her pension to do her shopping. Joy is not allowed to choose what is bought and is not given any money for herself.
  • Organisational abuse - Ahmed lives in a residential home. Sometimes care workers lose patience and shout at him. He is often left on his own for long periods of time without a drink and rushed through his evening meal if he takes too long. He is put to bed at 7pm because the home is short staffed.
  • Neglect - James lives at home and is looked after by his son. Sometimes there is no food in the house and James is not allowed to have the heating on.
  • Physical abuse - Mollie cares for her partner, who has a long term illness. Mollie sometimes gets angry and hits him
  • Emotional abuse - Margaret is disabled and needs help to live at home. Her carers have threatened her by saying she will have to live in a care home if she doesn’t make their job easier.
  • Sexual abuse - Alan has learning disabilities and attends a day centre. Another adult touches him in an intimate way that Alan doesn’t like.

The Care Act has also introduced 3 new categories of abuse which cover; Modern Slavery, Domestic Abuse, and Self Neglect.

Other types of abuse include:

  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Hate Crime
  • Mate Crime
  • Radicalisation
  • Online Abuse
  • Honour Based Violence
  • Forced Marriage

Who to contact?

If you see, hear or suspect that an adult is being abused, or you are being abused and would like further guidance and support click here. 


To speak confidentially and independantly about an adult being abused, or to call about yourself, contact us.

Emergency out of hours number: 01302 796000

To report a crime to the police use the following numbers:

In an emergency: 999

Non-emergency: 101

Email: If you don't want to report a safeguarding issue over the phone, you can email us details here:

Text SMS/Text Number (for people from the deaf community): 0797 903 1116

Keeping children and young people safe

The Families Information Service provide a wealth of information on how to keep children and young people safe from harm.

Last reviewed: 29/10/2019


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