Help for adults being abused

What is abuse?

Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons which results in significant harm.

Abuse may consist of a single act or repeated acts.

Abuse can occur in any relationship and may result in significant harm to, or exploitation of, the person subjected to it.

There are many forms of abuse:
  • physical abuse
  • domestic violence
  • sexual abuse
  • psychological abuse
  • financial or material abuse
  • modern slavery
  • discriminatory abuse
  • organisational abuse
  • neglect and acts of omission
  • self-neglect

Find out more about the definitions with NHS safeguarding - what is abuse?