What is abuse?
Adult abuse is when something is said or done to an adult at risk that makes them feel
upset, hurt or frightened. Abuse is not always intentional but it causes harm so something
should be done to stop it from happening again. These pages are about abuse of vulnerable
people who are over 18. If you are concerned about a child's welfare, contact children's
safeguarding. Abuse can take different forms, ranging from exploitation and disrespectful
treatment to physical harm. It can be at a low level, and taking place over a long time, or it
can take place over a short time and be more extreme. It's all abuse.
Abuse can happen anywhere -
a day centre or educational establishment, in supported housing or in the street.
It can be deliberate, or the result of ignorance or a lack of proper training. Whatever the type of abuse, and wherever it happens, it is not acceptable, particularly when the victim is someone who is not able to properly protect themselves.
If you think that you or someone you know is being subjected to abuse then please go to our Report Abuse page for advice and details on whom to contact.
Sutton has produced a guide to identifying abuse, including details of how to report it.
Suffolk County Council has produced an excellent video which explains more about abuse and neglect, and may be particularly helpful for people with learning disabilities or dementia.