An individual with a learning disability or mental heath problems.
A disabled individual
Anyone who is different
Who may abuse?
Paid staff or volunteers
Neighbors, friends or others in the vulnerable adults/children network.
What may make you suspicious?
A change in an individual’s behavior, such as withdrawing, self harm, aggressiveness, conflict of stories, fear or abusive towards others etc.
Unexplained injuries, such as bruising, abrasions, cuts, bed sores, scars or broken bones.
Physical appearance, such as unwashed, dirty/soiled clothes or unkempt. Covering up in an attempt to hide injuries etc. Weight loss through malnutrition, unexpected or prolonged illness.
Poorly dressed, no money for activities, reduction in savings or unexplained withdraws from bank accounts. Little food or low quality foods in home. Identifying Types of Abuse
Physical This can include actual physical harm to another through beating, hitting, kicking, punching or slapping.
Sexual This involves any nonconsensual intimate touching, sexual acts or verbal sexual innuendo towards another person.
Emotional/psychological Sometimes hard to identify, this form of abuse can include: threats or humiliating behavior, putting someone down, ‘telling them they are worthless’ or removing aids such as walking sticks or frames etc.
Financial Inappropriate use of an individual’s funds for the purpose of financial gain. Borrowing or theft of an individual’s money, use of carers loyalty card/s when shopping for an individual and falsifying financial records for an individual.
Self Neglect This refers to self abuse of which there are two types; active (intentional) which refers to a conscious choice to self neglect and passive (non-intentional) which result to a health related condition which contributes to the risk of developing self neglect. In addition it is important to remember that failure