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Adult Abuse

Safeguarding Adults

This page explains what you can do if you are being abused or you suspect somebody else is. It applies to anyone over eighteen and living in Tameside.

Every adult has a right to:

  • A life free of fear
  • Be treated with dignity.
  • Have their choices respected and not be forced to do anything against their will.


Who may be at risk of abuse?

Many adults over the age of 18 rely on other people to help them in their day to day living. This may be due to illness, disability or frailty. They may be at risk from people they know such as a relative, friend, neighbour or paid carer, or, less frequently, by a stranger.

Abuse may occur anywhere including in their own home, in care homes or in day care centres or hospitals.

What do we mean by abuse?

Abuse can take many forms such as:

  • Hitting, slapping or pushing
  • Shouting or swearing which makes the person afraid
  • Unwanted touching, kissing or sexual intercourse
  • Money or property taken without consent or under pressure
  • Not being cared for properly or denied privacy, choice or social contact


Who can Abuse?

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Neighbours
  • Informal carers
  • Paid carers
  • Strangers

Adults may be harmed or taken advantage of by those in a position of power over them.

What can you do if you suspect abuse?

  • If you know of a worrying situation, please do not ignore it. You can contact the Adult Social Care on numbers below to report your concerns or for more information.
  • You do not have to give your name and any information you give to us will be treated confidentially. We will always respect the wishes and feelings of the adult at risk.

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0161 922 4888
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