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Safeguarding Adults Week 2023 – 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



Please see below a selection of links to more information regarding crime, what it can look like and how to report it:

Learning disability hate crime – Mencap Kelly and Sue’s story: Learning disability hate crime – YouTube

Devon & Cornwall Police – Support and information for victims of crime

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Citizens Advice Bureau Hate crime easy read leaflet