Physical Abuse

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.

Physical abuse
Elderly abuse

Possible Indicators:

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 fractures

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.