Abuse can take many forms:
- Physical abuse such as hitting, pushing, shaking, holding down, restraining inappropriately or locking someone in a room
- Sexual abuse such as rape, inappropriate looking or touching or a relationship where one person is in a position of power or authority over the other
- Financial abuse such as stealing a person’s money or belongings, fraud, scams or pressuring a person into decisions about their financial affairs
- Neglect such not meeting a person’s need for food, water, medication, warmth and shelter
- Self-neglect such as not eating or washing, having a home that is extremely dirty or infested with vermin and excessive hoarding
- Psychological or emotional abuse such as shouting, bullying, ridiculing, controlling or causing intimidation and fear
- Discriminatory abuse, which is abuse because of race, age, culture, gender, gender identity, sexuality, religion, disability or mental health issues
- Organisational abuse, which is neglect or poor care in a professional care setting such as hospital, care home or a care at home service
- Modern slavery, which can be being forced to work for little or no pay (including in the sex trade), being trafficked, held captive, tortured or abused
- Domestic violence, which may be psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse by a family member or someone you have a close relationship with, being forced to marry or being forced to undergo genital mutilation.
Who may be at risk of abuse or neglect in West Sussex?
Adults who have care and support needs because of their age, physical disability, learning disability, mental health problems or an illness may be at particular risk of abuse or neglect. Other adults who may be at risk include unpaid carers, people who are homeless and people who have drug or alcohol problems.
- Read more here in our safeguarding leaflet