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Types of abuse

Abuse or neglect can take many forms. The types of abuse are listed below with definitions and information  to help you consider the actions you should take.

Reporting abuse to the police

Incidents of the following types of abuse could be considered as criminal offences which should be reported to the police.

  • physical
  • financial or material
  • neglect or acts of omission
  • sexual
  • discriminatory abuse or
  • domestic
  • modern slavery.

It is everyone’s responsibility to report any matters that may be a criminal offence to the police. They will decide whether or not to investigate the concerns further. 

Sometimes people may say that they do not want the police to be notified of an incident (or the risk of one), however, it is the responsibility of all professionals to talk to the individual about the concern, and inform them that a police report needs to be made.

Being open, honest and transparent about your responsibilities is essential practice for all professionals.

If the situation is urgent or high risk please call 999.

If there is no immediate risk to the person, please use the police’s online reporting form.

If you have evidence of a crime, it is essential that the evidence is preserved and shared with the police at the earliest opportunity.

Last updated: 13 December 2023