Physical Abuse

Physical abuse includes assault, hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication restraint or inappropriate physical sanctions.

Indicators of physical abuse may include:

  • Any injury not fully explained by the history given
  • Injuries inconsistent with the lifestyle of the adult
  • Bruises and/or welts on face, lips, mouth, torso, arms, back, buttocks, thighs
  • Clusters of injuries forming regular patterns
  • Burns, especially on soles, palms or back: friction burns, rope or electrical appliance burns
  • Multiple fractures, bleeding, slap marks, finger marks
  • Lacerations or abrasions to mouth, lips, gums, eyes, genitalia
  • Injuries at different stages of healing
  • Medication misuse
  • Fear or emotional distress.

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If you are concerned about an adult at risk of abuse call Access Point, the contact centre for Adult Social Care, on 01273 295555

In an emergency call 999