Types of abuse:
Physical – Hitting, slapping, pushing or kicking, forcing people to eat or take medication, leaving people to sit in urine or faeces.
Sign and symptoms: unexplained bruises, scratches, cuts, fractures, broken bones, broken teeth, pressure soars.
Sexual – Unwanted advances, indecent exposure or harassment, rough washing or touching of the genital area, rape, being forced to watch or participate in sexual acts.
Signs and symptoms: bruises around genital area. Individual becomes particular about washing genital area or wanting to hide themselves.
Emotional / psychological – Intimidation, not being included, being ignored, threats, bullying, humiliating and blaming. These include discrimination that relates to age, race, gender, sexuality, culture, religion etc.
Signs and symptoms: abnormal behaviour or moods. Talking a lot and very fast or being unusually quiet. Appearing afraid or worried. Being concerned that care and support may not continue.
Financial – Using an individual’s money without their permission or on items they have not requested, not giving correct change, taking store card points, taking the free item of “buy one get one free”. Not giving individuals enough money for food and essential items.
Signs and symptoms: Shortage of money, reluctance to pay for things, complaining about price increases, unusual interest or lack of interest in their personal finances.
Institutional – Poor care to people in group environments, for example, in a residential care home or in a day centre. Food choices not provided for individuals with different dietary needs or requirements. Rooms and clothing not being kept clean.
Signs and symptoms: Individuals not eating properly, not dressing properly, not participating, staying in their rooms, not getting required attention and support, complaints from residents or family members. Dirty rooms and communal areas. Health and safety being ignored.
Self-neglect – Individual not...