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Report abuse of an adult

Find out what to do if you think an adult is being abused or at risk of abuse.

What to do in an emergency

Call 999 if you think a crime has been committed or someone is in immediate danger.

What is abuse?

Examples of abuse include:

  • not caring for someone properly (neglect)
  • pressuring someone to give away money or property
  • psychological (for example threats, harassment or forcing someone to live somewhere they don’t want to)
  • physical (for example violence)
  • sexual

You can read more guidance on types of abuse.

How to report abuse


You can report abuse of an adult to Suffolk County Council. We call this a safeguarding referral.

Make a safeguarding referral online using our Suffolk Adult Care Portal. You'll need to create an account, which is quick and easy.

Proceed to safeguarding referral form

Most people make a safeguarding referral using our portal. But you can make a referral without using the portal if you prefer to remain anonymous.


You can make a safeguarding referral using the same form as members of the public.

If you need guidance on whether to make a safeguarding referral, contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 606 1499.

Self-neglect and hoarding

You can complete a referral form if you think an adult with care and support needs may be at risk from self-neglect and/or hoarding: Self-neglect and hoarding referral form for professionals (Word, 26KB)

The referral form should be completed following reference to the:

You should send all completed forms to

Reporting the abuse of a child or young person

Find out what to do if you’re worried about a child or young person.