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Stop Adult Abuse Week 12-16 June 2017

This week we are supporting Stop Adult Abuse Week, working in partnership with safeguarding teams in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Glos, Somerset and North Somerset.

The theme for the week is prevention.  We can all play a part in helping to spot and prevent abuse, from looking out for vulnerable members of our communities to supporting our friends, families and people we work with if we suspect they are being abused. 

There are many different forms of abuse, including physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and financial. Here are some of the signs to look out for:

  1. Unexplained bruises and injuries
  2. Subtle changes in behaviour, for example if someone is very subdued, has lost      their self-esteem or changes how they act in the presence of a particular person
  3. If a person begins to isolate themselves and stops seeing friends and family
  4. Changes in appetite and weight loss or gain
  5. Unexplained signs of distress, tearfulness or anger
  6. If someone has possessions go missing, an unexplained lack of money or failure to pay bills this may be a sign of financial abuse
  7. Being unclean, unkempt or hungry may signal neglect or self-neglect
  8. Discouraging visits from relatives or friends on a regular basis
  9. Missed appointments – failing to show up at GP appointments or regular meetings
  10. If someone shows unusual distress at being close to someone, or at receiving personal care, this could be a sign of physical or sexual abuse

Abuse can happen to anyone, male and female, at any age and can be carried out by anyone.  It can be difficult to find the right way to support people we are worried about and so this week we’ll be focusing on number of different ways you can help, from an introduction to our Nominated Neighbour scheme which helps support vulnerable members of our community to tips on how to avoid fraud.

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