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If someone tells you about abuse

If someone tells you they are being abused:


  • stay calm and listen to them
  • offer them support
  • write down what they tell you using their own words
  • keep any evidence safe
  • get in touch with us or the police
  • dial 999 in an emergency


  • press them for more details
  • contact the alleged abuser
  • promise to keep it secret
  • assume that someone else knows what's going on and will get in touch

All public services, the police, local authorities and the NHS, take adult abuse very seriously - we usually refer to this as Adult Safeguarding. Protection from abuse is more effective if we all take responsibility for adults at risk.

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