What is Physical Abuse?
This includes hitting, slapping, pinching, pushing, misuse of medication and inappropriate holding or restraint.
It may also include inappropriate sanctions or punishment and rough handling.
History of unexplained falls
Unexplained bruising in well protected or soft parts of the body e.g. ears or buttocks
Multiple bruises in different stages of healing
Unexplained burns in unusual locations or type
Unexplained lacerations or abrasions
Slap, kick, punch or finger marks
Injury shape similar to an object
Untreated medical problems
Weight loss due to malnutrition or dehydration
Don’t Ignore It. Report It!
If you suspect a neighbour, friend or family member is being neglected or abused, or you need help yourself:
Report it to the relevant Local Authority or Police.