Vulnerable people at risk of abuse may include the elderly and those with a physical or learning disability.
They may be at risk from a relative, friend, neighbour, carer – or even a stranger. Abuse can happen anywhere - in a person’s home, a residential or nursing home or in a day centre or hospital.
How to spot abuse
Abuse can be:
- Hitting, slapping and pushing
- Shouting or swearing, humiliating or harassing
- Unwanted sexual contact
- Money or property taken without consent or under pressure
- Neglect or denying privacy, choice or social contact
- Not respecting a person’s race, culture, age, sex, religion, disability and sexuality
How to report abuse
Anyone can report abuse. If you are a victim of abuse or want to report the abuse of a vulnerable person please contact the Knowsley Access Team on 0151 443 2600.
You can also speak to healthcare professionals, support agencies or the police.
Your concerns will be taken seriously. All information provided will be handled sensitively and in strict confidence.
All the agencies involved will work together to ensure that victims are protected from their alleged abusers. An investigation will follow and, if a crime has been committed, those involved will be prosecuted.