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What is abuse of adults?

  • physical abuse; this might be, hitting, slapping, pushing, or within an organisation it could be misuse of medication, restraint or inappropriate physical sanctions.
  • domestic abuse; this includes threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial, verbal and emotional); by a partner, ex-partner, family member or extended family member, or someone living with you. Anyone can be a victim/survivor of domestic abuse including women, men and people in same sex relationships. This can also include “honour” based violence, including being pressurised into marriage or Female Genital Mutilation or cutting.
  • sexual abuse; including rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, indecent exposure and sexual assault or sexual acts to which someone has not consented or was pressured into consenting
  • psychological abuse; including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment or verbal abuse. It also includes cyber bullying, isolation or barring someone from contacting their friends or family
  • abuse by an organisation; this type of abuse includes neglect and poor care practice within a specific care setting such as a hospital or care home, or in in someone’s own home. This may range from one off incidents to on-going ill-treatment. It can be through neglect or poor professional practice as a result of the structure, policies, processes and practices within an organisation
  • discrimination; including forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment; because of race, gender and gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion
  • financial or material abuse; including theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to an adult’s financial affairs or arrangements, including in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits
  • neglect; including ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating
  • self-neglect; neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding
  • modern slavery; encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude.