What is Abuse/Report Abuse

How do I report abuse


0151 907 8306

If you are concerned about an adult and think they may be subject to abuse, you can ring Halton Borough Council Adult Social Care Services.


If the person you are worried about is in immediate danger please call the emergency services.

0345 050 0148

Emergency Duty Team for concerns during the evening/weekends/bank holidays

Definition of Abuse

Abuse is about the misuse of power and control that one person has over another.  Abuse can take place in any place at any time and can be carried out by anyone, such as friends, family, carers or paid staff.

Abuse can be something that is done or is omitted from being done to a person, it can be:

Physical Abuse:

  • Hitting
  • Slapping
  • Pushing
  • Kicking
  • Misuse of medication

Sexual Abuse:

  • Rape and sexual assault or sexual acts the person at risk did not, or could not, consent to – or had to consent to under pressure

Psychological Abuse:

  • Emotional Abuse
  • Threat of harm
  • Humiliation
  • Threat of abandonment
  • Blaming
  • Controlling
  • Intimidation

Financial or Material Abuse:

  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Exploitation
  • Pressure in connection with wills
  • Misuse of property, possessions or benefits


  • Ignoring medical or physical care needs
  • Failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care, welfare benefits or educational services
  • Withholding of medication, food and drink, heating, appropriate clothing

Discriminatory Abuse:

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Acts based on a person’s disability
  • Harassment


  • Covers a wide range of behaviours where a person fails to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding.

Organisational Abuse:

  • Mistreatment, abuse or neglect of an adult by individuals in a setting/service where the adult lives or that they use.

Domestic Abuse:

  • Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality