Identifying abuse

The adults may,

  • Be elderly and frail because of ill-health, disability or condition such as dementia
  • Have a learning disability
  • Have a physical disability, blind or deaf
  • Have mental health needs including dementia or personality disorders
  • Have a long term illness or condition
  • Be a Carer of a family/friend and being abused
  • Not have capacity to make decisions and needs care and support

The abuse may be,

  • A single or series of actions of abuse
  • Deliberate or unknowingly causing harm
  • A failure to protect people from abuse

Abuse can be carried out by different people. It is usually someone who is known and trusted, such as,

  • Family member/spouse
  • Care workers or volunteers
  • Friend/Neighbour
  • Anyone else with access to the vulnerable adult

Abuse can occur in many circumstances,

  • Own home
  • Care home
  • Hospital
  • Day centre
  • Public place

Signs of abuse

  • Changes in the person's behaviour or mood/personality
  • Unexplained injury or a series of injuries
  • Signs of fear or distress
  • Signs of neglect
  • Theft, fraud or unexplained financial worries