Abuse is something that is done to another person, without their full understanding or consent, that harms them in some way. It may consist of a single act or repeated acts. Abuse or neglect may be deliberate, or the result of negligence or ignorance. Unintentional abuse or neglect arises, for example, because pressures have built up and/or because of difficult or challenging behaviour which is not being properly addressed.
Abuse and neglect can take many forms. Abuse can include one or more of the following:
People who need support need to trust and depend upon a wide range of people who offer them help in many forms. Abuse can happen anywhere. It could take place:
Unfortunately we know that abuse can be carried out by anyone such as:
• family, friends, neighbours
• paid staff, carers, volunteers
• other service users or tenants
If you think you are being abused, or another vulnerable adult you know is being harmed in any way, by another person please do not ignore it. In an emergency, or if you suspect you or someone else is in immediate danger, phone 999.
If it is not an emergency you can call 101 or:
- report a safeguarding concern to Hampshire County Council
- report a safeguarding concern to Southampton City Council
- report a safeguarding concern to Portsmouth City Council
Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB) has information about Safeguarding Adults in Hampshire, including advice, leaflets and policy documents.
A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of your disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference. Mate crime is the exploitation, abuse or theft from any vulnerable person by those they consider to be their friends. Those that commit such abuse or theft are often referred to as 'fake friends'. Mate crime is most prevalent when the victim has a mental disability and is especially common when that disability is Autism or Asperger’s.
Hampshire police offer guidance on how to prevent and deal with hate crime or mate crime. You can also report hate crime or hate incidents to a community organisation in your area, if you do not feel comfortable contacting the police.
If appropriate, you could contact the following organisations that can give confidential advice and support:For older people
We Are Hourglass (Formerly Action on Elder Abuse) Response Helpline 0808 808 8141 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).For people with a learning disability
Respond exists in order to lessen the effect of trauma and abuse on people with learning disabilities, their families and supporters.