Abuse Types

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Physical Abuse

May include hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, misuse of medication, misuse of restraint, or inappropriate sanctions.

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Sexual Abuse

May include rape and sexual assault, or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented, or could not consent, or where pressure was applied to secure their consent.

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Psychological Abuse

May include verbal abuse, emotional abuse, threats, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, isolation or withdrawal from services or supportive networks.

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Financial Abuse

May include theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property of inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.

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Domestic Abuse

May include psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so-called “honour” based abuse and forced marriage.

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Discriminatory Abuse

May include racist or sexist remarks or comments based on a person's impairment, disability, age or illness, and other forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment.

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Modern Slavery

May include human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude.

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Organisational Abuse

Involves the collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to adults with care and support needs. It includes a failure to ensure the necessary safeguards are in place to protect adults and maintain good standards of care in accordance with individual needs.

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May include acts of omission, ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, food and drink and heating.

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May include behaviours neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surrounding, includes hoarding.

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Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and an extremely harmful practice with devastating health consequences for girls and women

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Honour Based Abuse

Honour Based Abuse is an international term used by many cultures for justification of abuse and violence. It is a crime or incident committed in order to protect or defend the family or community ‘honour’, this may include, forced marriages, honour crimes and genital mutilation.

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This can be a type of process that causes someone to adopt radical positions on political or social issues.