Provide Support to Adults Who Have Experienced Harm or Abuse


Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by another person or people. It is when somebody does something that makes a person feel hurt, causes pain, and makes them feel sad, distressed, humiliated, frightened, scared or unhappy. Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Abuse and neglect can occur anywhere: in your own home or a public place, while you are in hospital or attending a day centre, or in a college or care home.
Harm includes ill treatment including sexual abuse, exploitation and forms of ill treatment which are not physical; the impairment of health, physical or mental or development, physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural, self-harm and neglect unlawful conduct which adversely affects a person’s property, rights or interests.
Some people who experience harm or abuse from others may be unable to protect themselves as their situation makes them vulnerable.   If a person cannot protect themselves they will have to rely on others to alert services that can provide help and support on their behalf.
The person causing the harm may be a stranger to us, but more often than not, the person is know, and it can be the case that usually they feel safe with them. They are usually in a position of trust and power, such as health and care professional, relative or neighbour. If a person is being abuse they may not feel able to ask for help because they are afraid of their abuser or because their are frightened of what will happen if they tell someone. If someone is being abuse, our actions now may help the person being abuse to better manage their own situation in the future. We can also put them in contact with the services that can provide help and support.
Anybody could be an abuser. Abuse can happen anywhere, at any time. It may happen once or repeatedly. If someone tells you that they are feeling unhappy, frightened or unsafe...