Definitions of abuse
What is abuse and neglect?
Adults with care and support needs can be the victims of many types of abuse and neglect including:
Controlling and coercive behaviour, forced marriage, female genital mutilation or honour based violence.
Ill-treatment or harassment based on a persons’ age, sex, sexuality, disability, religious beliefs or ethnic group – disability hate crime.
Financial or material abuse
Financial scams (in person, on line, by post or telephone); theft; fraud coercion over wills; misuse of someone’s money, property or other belongings without their agreement.
Through rigid regimes, systematic poor care; poor organisational culture; lack of resources; denial of choice; lack of dignity and respect for service users.
Hitting; burning; pushing or kicking someone; rough handling; unreasonable restraint (including misuse of medication); locking someone in a room.
Neglect or acts of omission
Neglect or acts of omission by people responsible for giving care including; ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs; failure to provide access to the appropriate health, care and support or educational services; withholding necessities of like such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.
Rape; inappropriate touching; forcing or grooming someone to take part in or witness any sexual act against their will.
Psychological or emotional abuse
Intimidation; bullying; shouting; swearing; taunting; threatening or humiliating someone; grooming; manipulation; or inciting someone to carry out a criminal or terrorist acts.
Neglecting to care for oneself or environment.
Trafficking; forced labour and domestic servitude.