What is Abuse?

Abuse is mistreatment by any other person or persons that violates a person's human and civil rights. The abuse can vary from treating someone with disrespect in a way which significantly affects the person's quality of life, to causing actual physical suffering.

The Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 states that:

  • “abuse” means physical, sexual,  psychological, emotional or financial abuse  taking place in any setting, whether in a private dwelling, an institution or any other place
  • “neglect” means a failure to meet a person’s basic physical, emotional, social or psychological needs, which is likely to result in an impairment of the person’s well-being.

Abuse can take on many forms, the most prevalent of which are listed below: