Types of abuse and neglect
- Physical assault
- Denial of food or water
- Misuse of medication
- Threats to physically harm or abandon the person
- Preventing someone from seeing other people
- Controlling and coercion
- Verbal abuse
- Unreasonable and unjustifiable withdrawal of support
- Rape and unwanted sexual assault and sex acts which the person has not consented to.
- Indecent exposure.
- Sexual harassment.
- Unwanted looking or touching.
- Sexual teasing, innuendo and inappropriate jokes.
- Being shown pornography when unwanted.
- Witnessing sexual acts between others.
- Sharing sexual or intimate photographs of someone online they did not agree to sharing.
- Spending another person’s money inappropriately when asked to look after it on their behalf.
- Forcing a person to spend their money on things they don’t want.
- Internet, email, phone, postal and doorstep scams.
- Coercion and control over a person’s financial affairs and arrangements, including exploitation, pressure, and the misuse or misappropriation of a person’s property, possessions or benefits.
This includes harassment, name calling and unfair treatment because of a person’s disability, race, gender and gender identity, age, sexual orientation or religion.
This is usually abuse by someone in the home, such as a family member, partner, house mate or carer. Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and includes:
- Threatening physical violence.
- Withholding access to food or the right food for a person.
- Not supporting a person to wash and maintain appropriate personal hygiene and comfort.
- Not supporting a person to change soiled or wet clothing.
- Not seeking medical assistance when a person needs it.
- Withholding access to appropriate medication or treatment for a person.
Additional types of abuse
- Hate crime.
- Forced marriage.
- Female genital mutilation.
- Modern slavery.