Who is an adult at risk?

Some adults are more at risk of being abused than others, such as:

  • older people
  • people with a visual or hearing impairment
  • people with a physical disability
  • people with learning disabilities or mental health problems
  • people living with HIV or AIDS who have care and support needs

If you are worried about domestic abuse, the Cambridgeshire Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership has information and services that can help you.

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What should you do?

The Council takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and is committed to dealing with all aspects of abuse. If you are concerned that any adult with care and support needs may be experiencing abuse or neglect please contact: 

Customer Services

Monday to Friday (8am to 6pm) 
Saturday (9am to 1pm) 

Telephone: 0345 045 5202
Fax: 01480 498 066
Email: [email protected]
Secure Email: [email protected]
Minicom: 01480 376 743
Text: 07765 898 732

In an emergency, outside office hours

If someone is in danger and unable to protect themselves or cannot remain in the community without immediate intervention telephone: 01733 234 724.

If the person is in immediate danger or needs medical treatment contact the police and/or call an ambulance on 999.

For forms and guidance for practitioners working with adults and older people, see our policies and procedures page.

Where can abuse happen?

Abuse can take place in any setting, including but not limited to:

  • In your home
  • In someone else’s home (relatives or friends)
  • In a residential or nursing home
  • In a day centre, adult education or other establishment
  • In a hospital or GP surgery
  • At work
  • In a public place

Who abuses?

The person responsible for the abuse might be a stranger but is often well known to the adult being abused. They may be:

  • A relative, friend or neighbour
  • A paid or volunteer carer
  • A professional worker
  • Another resident or service user
  • An occasional visitor or service provider 

Further information

Safeguarding adults from abuse or neglect

How to recognise and report abuse of a vulnerable adult or older person.

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Safeguarding adults from abuse or neglect Easy Read

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