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What is abuse or neglect?

Abuse is when someone does or says things to you to make you feel upset or frightened.

You may be abused on purpose, or by someone who may not realise that what they are doing is abusive. Abuse happens when someone has power over you and you do not agree to what is happening to you.

If you think you or someone else may be being abused or neglected, it is important to tell us so we can help them.

Examples of abuse

Physical - being hit or injured on purpose

Financial - the theft or misuse of money, property or personal possessions

Sexual - involvement in a sexual activity which is unwanted or not understood

Neglect - not providing food, clothing, attention or care

Emotional - the use of threats, fear or bribes which cause distress

Deprivation of liberty (Restricting freedom of movement)

Some people may need extra protection to protect them from harm. This may mean restricting their freedom to the point of depriving them of their liberty.

Read more about Deprivation of Liberty