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.
More information on the different types of abuse can be found on the Ann Craft Trust website: