What is adult abuse

Abuse can happen anywhere including:

  • at home
  • in care homes
  • in public.

It could be a single act, or can take place over a long period of time.

Some adults are more at risk of abuse than others as they are not able to protect themselves from abuse. This could be because they:

  • are elderly
  • are disabled
  • rely on others to meet their care needs.

Abuse could be:

  • physical
  • sexual
  • neglect and self-neglect
  • financial or material
  • emotional
  • domestic abuse
  • human trafficking
  • female genital mutilation
  • modern day slavery.

Find out about domestic abuse help and services in Kent and Medway.

Reporting an adult safeguarding concern

You can report an adult safeguarding concern online.

Domestic abuse during coronavirus (COVID-19)

You can still get help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more about domestic abuse.

Help to stay safe

You can access information on staying safe from Kent Police, including advice about: