Should I report adult abuse?
Please report possible abuse immediately.
We all have a responsibility to look after each other.
When you report abuse try and give as much information as you can, but don't worry if you don't know or can't remember everything. These are things you might be asked about:
- the name, address and date of birth of the person who has been abused
- any details about the person or people who may be responsible for the abuse
- the name and address of anyone who may have seen what happened
- a description of what happened, the date, the time and the place
- anything that was done to keep people safe
- whether anyone else might be at risk
Sometimes people who are abused don't want anyone to report it. This might be because they are ashamed or are frightened of what might happen to them. They may also be worried about what might happen to the person harming them, especially if it's someone they're close to.
It's important to respect other people's wishes, but someone who is harming one person may be harming others. This means you may have to report a concern even if the victim does not want you to. The police and health and social services may have more information, so they can see the whole picture.
If you report a concern and it turns out that nothing has happened you won't get into trouble if you really thought there could be a risk.