The lists of possible indicators and examples of behaviour are not exhaustive and people may be subject to a number of abuse types at the same time. Local authorities have social workers who deal specifically with cases of abuse and neglect. When assessing the person's behavior, it is important to take the following steps:. As you interact with someone with a developmental disability, you should pay close attention to any changes in how that person looks or acts. Sudden change in banking practices such as making several large withdrawals from a bank account or ATM over a period of several days instead of one small withdrawal each week. Back to Help from social services and charities.
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Recognising adult abuse, exploitation and neglect
It's best not to promise the person that you won't tell anyone what's been said. Here are some of the more common bruises that may indicate signs of abuse:. Exploitation comes in many forms, including: Here are a few signs to watch for:. Abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults. Bring my scooter so I can leave you: