01733863744 pscb@peterborough.gov.uk

How do you report abuse?

If someone is abusing you, or someone else, it is important to tell someone. Do this as soon as you can by calling:

  • Cambridgeshire Police on 101
  • Peterborough City Council on 01733 747474

Who Could Abuse?

Anyone could abuse. It could be:

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Someone in the family

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A partner or friend

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A neighbour

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A member of staff

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Another vulnerable adult

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A stranger

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It could be more than one person

Where can abuse happen?

Abuse can happen anywhere:

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At home

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At a day centre, residential home or college

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At a friend’s house

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In a hospital

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In the street or public place

What is Abuse?

Types of AbuseWhat might be happening
Physical abuseWhen someone hurts you - Assault, hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication, restraint, inappropriate physical sanctions.
Sexual abuseWhen someone touches you or makes you do things you do not like. They could make you touch them or kiss them when you do not want to.
Domestic Abuse When someone in your household abuses you. This includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so-called “honour” based violence and forced marriage.
Psychological abuseWhen someone says something to upset you - they could say you are stupid, threaten you, make you sad or hurt your feelings
Financial or material abuseWhen someone takes your money or things you own without asking. They might spend your money in a way you do not want
Modern SlaveryWhen someone makes you work for them without proper payment, hours or conditions, against your will. Includes slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude.
Neglect and acts of omissionWhen someone who should be looking after you, doesn’t feed you, keep you warm and safe or take you to your doctor’s when you need help
Discriminatory abuseThis is when someone treats you badly because of your disability, religion, sexual orientation, or the colour of your skin
Organisational abuseThis could happen in a day centre, a hospital, a care home, or your own home when either a member of staff, or another person might not give you the care you need or treat you dignity and respect.
Self neglectThis is when you are not looking after your own personal hygiene, health or surroundings
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