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Neglect and Physical Abuse

Neglect and Physical Abuse

Neglect

When someone doesn’t give you things that you need, including:

  • Not giving you your prescribed medicine when you need it
  • Not letting you have food or drink when you are hungry or thirsty
  • Not letting you have equipment that you need, for example, your hearing aid, wheelchair, walking stick
  • Not taking you to the doctor when you are ill
  • Not letting you change the heating if you are too hot or too cold
  • Not purchasing personal hygiene items that you need

Physical Abuse

When someone physically hurts you, including:

  • Hitting, pushing, hair pulling, pinching, scratching or shaking
  • Scalding
  • Not allowing you to move
  • Force-feeding you
  • Giving you too much or too little medicine
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