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This week (14-18 November) is #NationalSafeguardingWeek, which aims to promote awareness around types of abuse, to explain where to access support and advise on how to stop it happening.
Throughout the week, North Wales Police will focus on highlighting the signs of abuse of vulnerable adults.
We will be sharing details of support agencies that are committed to safeguarding the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Every day, vulnerable adults are being hurt, bullied, stolen from, intimidated, threatened and neglected.
If that person is old, has a disability, impairment, or a mental health problem, they may find it difficult to stop what is happening.
Clearly, these kinds of behaviour are wrong. Where abuse is happening, we will investigate and find a way to stop it. We will make sure the person affected is put right at the centre of how it’s dealt with.
Sometimes the person causing harm is a family member, or someone who is paid to care for them. Sometimes the person is thought of as a friend.
Incidents of abuse could take place in their own home, a care home, a hospital or college. It may happen in a social place, like a pub or park.
Types of Abuse
There are many types of abuse, including:
Who can abuse?
Anyone can be an abuser; a friend, relative, neighbour, carer, or someone providing a support service. Abuse doesn’t just take place in homes or care homes, it can happen anywhere, such as on the street, in a park or at a leisure centre for example.
Signs to look out for include:
If you are worried about someone and would like help, please don’t stay silent.
Help and support is available.
In an emergency always contact the police by dialling 999.If it is not an emergency but would like to talk with the police, dial 101 or one of the recommended helplines below.
Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 8088 141
DASU North Wales Visit website for local helpline - Home » DASU North Wales
Respect 0808 8024040
Men’s advice line 0808 8010327
Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Hourglass 0808 808 8141
Age UK 0800 678 1602
Victim Help Centre North Wales: 0300 3030 159
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
BAWSO 0800 731 8147
Modern Slavery & exploitation helpline 08000 121 700