Types of abuse
The Care and Support statutory guidance identifies ten different types of abuse, but also emphasises that organisations should not limit their view of what constitutes abuse or neglect. The specific circumstances of an individual case should always be considered in the context of the individual.
Click on each of the below bullet points, who are all directing to the website of the ‘Social Care Institute for Excellence’ (SCIE), to find out further examples of abuse in each of the ten categories:
- Physical abuse
- Domestic violence or abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological or emotional abuse
- Financial or material abuse
- Modern slavery
- Discriminatory abuse
- Organisational or institutional abuse
- Neglect or acts of omission
Who can abuse and neglect adults?
Anyone can perpetrate abuse or neglect, including, but not limited to:
- Family or wider family members
- Local residents
- People who deliberately exploit adults they perceive as vulnerable to abuse
- Paid staff or professionals and volunteers
Where can abuse happen?
- a persons home
- a care home
- a hospital
- a public place