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What is Abuse?

Abuse may be:

Click on the links to the left to read more about these types of abuse.

Abuse can be the result of a single act or may continue over months or years. Abuse can be accidental, or a deliberate act. The result on the person is the same.

Who abuses adults?

Anyone can be an abuser – relatives, partners, people paid to provide care and services, volunteers, neighbours, friends or strangers.

Most abusers are people close to the adult, who are loved and trusted by them. However some people will deliberately abuse adults they see as an easy target.

Where does abuse take place?

Abuse can occur anywhere: people can be abused at home, in care or nursing homes, day centres, or any place the adult should be safe.

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