Who Might Abuse Adults?

Abuse and neglect might be carried out by anyone in contact with adults, even by people employed to provide care.

There may be indicators that adults are experiencing harm from people within your organisation, such as volunteers, members of staff, or other members of the public. Or they may be experiencing harm from those connected with their life outside your organisation, such as a carer or a spouse.

This may include:

  • Spouses, friends, family and neighbours
  • People employed to provide care
  • Paid staff or professionals
  • Volunteers
  • Strangers