Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Types of harm

Adults can be at risk from different kinds of harm. 

Remember harm can happen anywhere. In your own home, somewhere you visit like a social club, day centre, care home, hospital, at work or in public places.

Types of harm include:

  • sexual- any sexual activity that a person doesn't understand or want
  • financial - stealing, fraud, pressure to hand over property/money, misuse of property/welfare benefits
  • neglect - failure to provide medical/physical care, access to a doctor or other services; denying medication, food, heating, privacy or dignity; self neglect
  • physical - hitting, slapping, pushing, shaking, locking up
  • psychological - threats of harm, being left at home alone, humiliation, intimidation, verbal abuse, bullying, blaming, constant criticism, controlling, depriving contact with others
  • Hate Crime - involves any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic. Hate crime can be motivated by disability, gender identity, race, religion or faith and sexual orientation.

Contact Information


Social Services (Kilmarnock)
The Johnnie Walker Bond
15 Strand Street
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 554200
Social Services (Cumnock)
Rothesay House
1 Greenholm Road
East Ayrshire
KA18 1LH
Telephone: 01290 427720