What is Abuse?
The term abuse
covers a wide range of actions such as a deliberate and
intentionally unkind act, to someone who does not know how to act
appropriately or correctly towards an individual, or someone who
does not have the appropriate help and support.
It is important to prevent abuse.
If someone suffers abuse, it is important that it is
Types of Abuse?
- Sexual - rape, sexual assault, sexual acts
without consent (for example of someone is not able to give their
consent or if they are put under pressure)
- Physical - slapping, pushing, kicking, misuse
of medication, inappropriate punishments.
- Verbal - emotional abuse, threats of harm,
refusing contact with other people, intimidation.
- Financial - theft, fraud, dishonest gain of
property, possessions or benefits.
- Neglect - ignoring the persons medical or
physical care needs, failing to get healthcare or social care,
withholding medication, food or heating.
- Forced Marrage:
Forced marriage happens without the full and free consent
of both people. Force can include physical force, being emotionally
pressurised, being threatened or being a victim of psychological
abuse. Forced marriages are not the same as arranged marriages. In
an arranged marriage families take the lead in selecting and
introducing a marriage partner and the couple have free will and
choice to accept or reject the arrangement.
This is when a person is
punished by their family and/or community for behaving in a way
that is believed to have brought shame or dishonour. This type of
violence can be distinguished from other forms of violence, as it
is often committed with some involvement or co-operation from the
family and/or community.
Abuse is anything that goes against
a persons human and civil rights. It can take place anywhere, such
as their own home, a care home or a hospital.
If you suspect abuse visit this
contact page for your Local Social Services Team contact
What will happen if I report
Social Services will arrange an
investigation in line with the procedures under the Wales Interim
Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults from
Abuse. This may involve several agencies, such as the Police and
Health Services. Action will then be taken to ensure the vulnerable
adult is protected in the future.
If you are not sure whether there
is abuse taking place, it is still better to discuss your concerns
with somebody who has the experience and responsibility
to conduct an informed assessment than to ignore a situation
which may result in someone who is vulnerable being harmed.