Saturday 20 January 2018

Abuse of vulnerable adults is 'widespread'

Physical abuse of vulnerable adults has been witnessed or suspected by one-in-three people,
often in the home. Stock Photo: PA
Physical abuse of vulnerable adults has been witnessed or suspected by one-in-three people, often in the home. Stock Photo: PA
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Physical abuse of vulnerable adults has been witnessed or suspected by one-in-three people, often in the home, a new poll reveals today.

The victims include people whose opportunity to help themselves is restricted due to illness, dementia, mental health problems, physical disability or intellectual disability.

The research, commissioned from Red C by the National Safeguarding Committee, shows widespread public concern that many vulnerable adults are open to and are experiencing physical, emotional, psychological and financial abuse.

The results showed:

  • More than one-in-three has experienced emotional abuse;
  • Almost two-in-five think vulnerable adults are badly treated. One-in-three believes vulnerable adult abuse to be widespread;
  • There is significant public concern about the need to safeguard those who are limited in their ability to protect themselves;
  • A lack of clarity exists on where to report vulnerable adult maltreatment, particularly among the young.

The committee's chair, Patricia Rickard-Clarke, said: "The members of this committee have come together with one objective in mind: to ensure adults who may be vulnerable are safeguarded and there is a zero tolerance of abuse. These research findings indicate a worrying prevalence of abuse."

Irish Independent

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