I am now going to talk about how to recognise situations that could lead or make you suspect abuse or neglect. I will show the signs and symptoms of abuse and explain and talk about the different types as well as talking about situations that may lead to abuse.
Pass 1and 2 I am now going to describe different forms of abuse that may be experienced by adults and what might make u believe this abuse is happening
Physical abuse- this includes things such as;
Misuse of medication
Anything that is done to physically hurt the person
Signs that this abuse may be happening include things such as-
Fractures or bruising if a person has fractures regularly in unusual places and doesn’t have a clear explanation or there story often changes. Or they have bruises in places that are very hard to bruise or have more bruises than average.
Burns- if a person has several burns or gets them often or even can’t explain them or if this person isn’t capable of using equipment to burn them and someone has to do it for them then why do they have burns? This is a question you might ask yourself.
Pain- if the adult is in a lot of pain for a unexplained reason and this is normal as the person never usually complains of pain, the person is experiencing pain in areas that are hurt to hurt without doing some serious damage.
Not wanting to be touched- if the patient or adult is scared to be or is defensive about being touched and this is very obvious and they may become quite protective over this.
Depression- if the person starts to be withdrawn or hiding themselves.
Sexual abuse- this is things such as-
Where the adult is having a sexual act carried out on them that they have not consented to
The signs of this abuse may include things such as-
Genital itching soreness or having a sexually transmitted disease- but then when asked about this is very quiet or defensive not wanting to talk about how this may have occurred.
Using bad language- if this is not something they do often and it has suddenly become a big part of their vocabulary.
Not wanting to be touched- not allowing themselves to be touched by anyone or holding back when someone tries to do so and also being very defensive and protective over there body but not just to the usual standard.
Behaving in a sexually inappropriate way- this might show more signs of longer abuse that has been going on since childhood and this is something this person sees as normal but if a person is behaving in a sexually inappropriate way you should always as why.
Changes in appearance- for example if the person starts to cover up more and is conscious about their body.
Torn stained or bloody underwear- if this is something you haven’t noticed before and it seems unusual for this certain person.
Loss of sleep
Unexplained change in behaviour- either way to witch extent
Psychological abuse- is abuse affecting the mind.
What is classed as psychological abuse?
Emotional abuse if a person is experiencing emotional abuse they might show signs such as-
Loss of sleep
Verbal abuse- if a person starts to be verbally abusive often
Use of threats- a person starts to make threats easily and often to innocent people
Stopping being involved in social situations
The possible signs that someone may be experiencing this type of abuse include things such as-
Being withdrawn- not participating in usual activities with friends, not getting involved in group activities in college or the work place, holding back information.
To egger to do anything- they don’t want to upset anyone or cause suspicion but in fact that’s what they are doing
Showing compulsive behaviour http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/recognising-adult-abuse Unexpected or an unexplained change in behaviour.
Financial abuse is often seen in older people