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 Headquarters
9 Balmoral Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 503301
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