People who might abuse and neglect you

It is important to remember that anyone can carry out abuse or neglect. There could also be more than one person abusing or neglecting someone.

This includes:

  • Spouses/partners

  • Other family members

  • Neighbours

  • Friends

  • Acquaintances

  • Local residents

  • People who deliberately exploit adults they perceive as vulnerable to abuse

  • Paid staff or professionals

  • Volunteers and strangers.

It is more likely that the person responsible for the abuse or neglect is known to the adult and is usually in a position of trust and power.

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