If someone is being abused, do you know what to look for?

Published: 19 June 2020

If someone is being abused, do you know what to look for?

The isolation that the coronavirus lockdown has caused for many people has made them more vulnerable to all types of abuse. Our elderly residents are particularly vulnerable to this and we want people to look for any signs of abuse when they see them.

Physical signs can include cuts, bruises, wounds, burns, broken bones, untreated injuries, poor skin condition or skin hygiene, dehydration and/or malnourished, weight loss, and damaged clothes or items in the home.

Psychological signs can include unlikely stories, reluctance to talk openly, confusion, anger without apparent cause, sudden behaviour changes, being emotionally upset or agitated, unexplained fear or becoming withdrawn, non-communicative or non-responsive.

Financial signs can include changes to a person’s banking, wills or assets, unpaid bills when someone else is supposed to be paying them, excessive care costs, valuable items disappearing, and lack of simple affordable amenities.

Free online training is available to residents to help tackle all forms of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV). Welsh Government wants anyone who is still in a position to help, such as volunteers, key workers, postal workers and shop staff, to be able to recognise the signs of abuse and know how they can safely help. The online training can be accessed via https://learning2.wales.nhs.uk/login/index.php

For more information about reporting someone you believe to be vulnerable, go to www.gwentsafeguarding.org.uk

You can also speak to Gwent Police by calling 101, speak to your local police officers, or if email contact@gwent.pnn.police.uk. However, remember in an emergency, where the incident is going or life is in danger, always call 999.

More information about domestic abuse support in Gwent is available at www.gwent.police.uk/en/advice/advice/d-f-domestic-abuse-fraud/domestic-abuse/