What is abuse?
There are many types of abusive behaviour, some of which are difficult to spot. Abuse can include:
- Domestic violence – abuse that takes place between family members or intimate partners regardless of gender or sexuality. It can include psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse and so called ‘honour’ based violence
- Sexual abuse – any sexual act that a person does not agree to
- Psychological or emotional – this is when someone makes threats of harm, abandonment, humiliation, intimidation or verbal abuse
- Financial - this include stealing someone’s money or denying them access to their money, property or possessions
- Neglect or acts of omission – this can be both physical and emotional. It could be failing to keep an adult at risk clean or warm, not promoting optimum health, not providing adequate nutrition or medication. It could also mean preventing someone from making their own choices
- Discriminatory - abusive remarks or actions relating to a person’s age, race, religion, sex or abilities
- Organisational abuse - this happens when the routines in use force residents or service users to sacrifice their own needs, wishes or preferred lifestyle to the needs of the institution or service provider
- Modern slavery – such as human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude
Any vulnerable adult can be at risk of abuse or harm. People can be abused in their own homes, in care homes, care homes with nursing, in day centres, at work, in hospitals, police stations and in public places.
For further details, including indicators of abuse, please see the Adult Safeguarding Policy and Operational Guidance on the SAB website www.suffolkas.org