Types of Abuse

Abuse can happen anywhere. It may happen at happen at home, in a care home, hospital, day centre or in a public place. Anyone can be an abuser, but it is usually someone known to the person. Abuse can take many forms and may include:

Physical Abuse

Being hit or injured on purpose, restraining someone inappropriately.

Emotional Abuse

Intimidation, threats, humiliation, extortion, racial, verbal or psychological abuse.

Sexual Abuse

Involvement in a sexual activity which is unwanted or not understood, unwanted sexual attention.


Not providing food, clothing, attention or care. Withholding of aids or equipment (continence, walking, hearing, glasses), putting someone at risk of infection, failure to provide access to appropriate health or social care.

Financial Abuse

The theft or misuse of money, property or personal possessions and includes any pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance.

Discriminatory Abuse

Treating people differently or worse than you would want to be treated because they are older, more frail, confused or otherwise vulnerable. Self-inflicted injury may be a sign that abuse is taking place e.g. because someone feels disturbed.

If you are concerned about an adult at risk, please contact the Single Point of Referral (SPOR) for Adult Social Services.

If you think that a crime may have been committed, or in an emergency, please contact the States of Jersey Police.