For families and supporters of people with a learning disability......
For information and to increase awareness


Physical and other types of abuse

People with a learning disability are more likely to be physically abused than other people. This can be hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, or inappropriate sanctions ( Abuse doc – Bristol uni.)

However, there are other types of abuse which families and professionals need to be aware of (see below)






Other types of abuse

Psychological abuse, including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, isolation or withdrawal from services or supportive networks;

Neglect and acts of omission, including ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating; and

Financial or material abuse, including theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits;

Discriminatory abuse, including racist, sexist, that based on a person’s disability, and other forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment (Abuse doc – Bristol uni).

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