How do you report abuse?
If someone is abusing you, or someone else, it is important to tell someone. Do this as soon as you can by calling:
- Cambridgeshire Police on 101
- Peterborough City Council on 01733 747474
Who Could Abuse?
Anyone could abuse. It could be:
Someone in the family
A partner or friend
A member of staff
Another vulnerable adult
It could be more than one person
Where can abuse happen?
Abuse can happen anywhere:
At a day centre, residential home or college
At a friend’s house
In a hospital
In the street or public place
What is Abuse?
|Types of Abuse||What might be happening|
|Physical abuse||When someone hurts you - Assault, hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication, restraint, inappropriate physical sanctions.|
|Sexual abuse||When someone touches you or makes you do things you do not like. They could make you touch them or kiss them when you do not want to.|
|Domestic Abuse||When someone in your household abuses you. This includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so-called “honour” based violence and forced marriage.|
|Psychological abuse||When someone says something to upset you - they could say you are stupid, threaten you, make you sad or hurt your feelings|
|Financial or material abuse||When someone takes your money or things you own without asking. They might spend your money in a way you do not want|
|Modern Slavery||When someone makes you work for them without proper payment, hours or conditions, against your will. Includes slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude.|
|Neglect and acts of omission||When someone who should be looking after you, doesn’t feed you, keep you warm and safe or take you to your doctor’s when you need help|
|Discriminatory abuse||This is when someone treats you badly because of your disability, religion, sexual orientation, or the colour of your skin|
|Organisational abuse||This could happen in a day centre, a hospital, a care home, or your own home when either a member of staff, or another person might not give you the care you need or treat you dignity and respect.|
|Self neglect||This is when you are not looking after your own personal hygiene, health or surroundings|