The Cambridgeshire Police force is committed to working with partner agencies to safeguard vulnerable adults and tackle crimes against them.
They receive more than 6000 reports of adults at risk of abuse each year, which have to be assessed and investigated or passed to a partner agency.
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) provides a safeguarding response where vulnerable adults have, or are at risk of being abused. It sees a wide range of partner agencies working together to deliver coordinated safeguarding activity in line with requirements under the Care Act 2014.
Additionally, the force has a dedicated team, the adult abuse investigation unit (AAISU), based at Chord Park, Godmanchester, which is responsible for investigating adult abuse in cooperation with partners.
We want members of the public to help protect vulnerable adults by reporting concerns. The victim could be your grandparent, another elderly relative or neighbour and we would urge people to look out for tell-tale signs of abuse such as changes in behaviour, outstanding bills or a high credit card bill.
Doing nothing is not an option and those who are convicted of taking advantage of a vulnerable adult can, and do, receive custodial sentences.
Abuse can happen anywhere – in a residential or nursing home, in a hospital, in the workplace, at a day centre or educational establishment, in supported housing or in the street.
If you believe someone has been the victim of a crime, call police on 101.
For further detailed information, material and ways of reporting a vulnerable adult, visit these websites:
Different forms of abuse and neglect
There are many forms of abuse and neglect, including:
This includes indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, as well as rape. Sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography, witnessing sexual acts, and sexual acts that you didn’t agree to or were pressured into consenting to all count as sexual abuse.
This can include being assaulted, hit, slapped, pushed, restrained, being denied food or water, or not being helped to go to the bathroom when you need to go. It can also include misuse of your medication.
This includes someone emotionally abusing you or threatening to hurt or abandon you, stopping you from seeing people, and humiliating, blaming, controlling, intimidating or harassing you. It also includes verbal abuse, cyber bullying and isolation, or an unreasonable and unjustified withdrawal of services or support networks.
This is typically an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse by someone who is, or has been, an intimate partner or family member.
This includes some forms of harassment, slurs or similar unfair treatment relating to race, gender and gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, or religion.
This could be someone stealing money or other valuables from you, or it might be someone who is appointed to look after your money on your behalf using the money inappropriately or coercing you into spending it in a way you are not happy with. Internet scams and doorstep crime are also common forms of financial abuse.
Neglect is also a form of abuse. Neglect includes not being provided with enough food or the right kind of food, or not being taken proper care of. Leaving you without help to wash or change dirty or wet clothes, not getting you to a doctor when you need one, or not making sure you have the right medicines all count as neglect.
Abuse in your home
You’re more at risk of abuse at home if:
- you are isolated and don’t have much contact with friends, family or neighbours
- you have memory problems or have difficulty communicating
- you become dependent on someone as a carer
- you don’t get on with your main carer
- your carer is addicted to drugs or alcohol
- your carer relies on you for a home, or financial and emotional support
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