What is it?

Abuse can be defined as the wilful mistreatment of another person with or without their consent. It can take many forms and includes for example physical violence, emotional abuse, neglect and bullying. Being abused as a victim is a common feature in mental health problems.

How do we know it's happening?

Because of a sense of shame often associated with being victimised, people do not generally talk openly about abuse. Mental health practitioners will ask about abusive experiences to try to encourage people to talk about this issue. As people find talking about these issues difficult, we try to give plenty of opportunities for service users to do so.

What we offer

As abuse can occur in many different ways, we do not run services specifically to deal with this condition. All parts of our service will be able and willing to discuss experiences, help individuals try to resolve them and reduce the impact they have on general mental wellbeing. We have an expert network of people whose job it is to work with other agencies to protect children and vulnerable adults particularly those who have been subject to abuse.


If a service user, please raise any issues with the person who is supporting you or speak with your GP.

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