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What is abuse?

Abuse can happen anywhere. It may happen at home, in a care home, hospital, day centre or in a public place. Anyone can be an abuser, but it is usually someone known to the person.

Abuse can take many forms and may include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Financial or material abuse
  • Modern slavery
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Organisational abuse
  • Neglect or acts of omission
  • Self neglect.

Further information about these types of abuse can be found here.