There are many different forms of abuse and they all result in behaviour towards a person that deliberately or intentionally cause harm. It is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights and in the worst cases can result in death.
Victims may suffer severe neglect, injury, distress and/or depression and people without capacity, such as those people with severe dementia, are particularly vulnerable.
There is additional legal protection for such people under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 - For further information please refer to the Useful Links section.
Cases of abuse can result in criminal prosecution and action being taken by the courts.