What Abuse Means

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What abuse looks like and who’s at risk.

Abuse takes many forms. It includes:

  • Hitting, injuring or restraining
  • Threatening, intimidating or humiliating
  • Unwanted sexual activity or attention
  • Giving the wrong medicine
  • Not offering food or clothing
  • Giving improper care
  • Keeping someone alone
  • Stealing or misusing money or property
  • Pressuring someone about wills or inheritance
  • Treating someone badly because of their race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, disability or sexual orientation

Who's at risk?

Anyone can be abused and anyone can be an abuser. It is often someone the person being abused knows. People may be at a higher risk of abuse if they:

  • Depend on other people for their care
  • Are older, frail and unable to protect themselves
  • Have mental health problems
  • Have a disability
  • Have a learning disability
  • Have serious sight or hearing impairment
  • Have memory problems or a dementia
  • Misuse alcohol or drugs
  • Have a long-term illness

Useful websites

Care Quality Commission, England’s independent health and social care watchdog.

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate, this is someone who works with people who struggles with important decisions, if no one else can speak up for them.

Action on Elder Abuse, this is a charity working to protect and prevent vulnerable older adults from being abused.

Rogue doorstep traders

To learn more about doorstep trading and how stop people being abused this way, read our Guide to Buying on the Doorstep and Protecting People You Care About From Rogue Doorstep Traders leaflets.