Joining Forces to Protect Vulnerable; AGENCIES WORK TOGETHER TO REDUCE ABUSE CASES

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), June 2, 2004 | Go to article overview

Joining Forces to Protect Vulnerable; AGENCIES WORK TOGETHER TO REDUCE ABUSE CASES


THE tragic tale of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie, who was abused and died at the hands of her carers, is all too familiar.

But the stories of vulnerable adults who are suffering abuse often goes unreported and unnoticed.

The abuse takes many forms, from sexual and violent abuse to unintentional neglect, and is perpetrated by criminals, carers and even family members.

It can cause people pain, financial hardship, and can ultimately lead to death.

In Coventry, between November 2003 and March this year, there were 84 victims of adult abuse referred to Coventry City Council's vulnerable adult protection committee.

Of those, 49 victims were women and 35 victims were men. A total of 41 per cent of the abuse was physical, 27 per cent was financial, 13 per cent sexual, nine per cent as the result of neglect and six per cent of the abuse was emotional.

Victims mainly fell into two categories; 40 per cent had learning disabilities and 39 per cent were older people. Nearly 10 per cent of victims had physical disabilities.

As well as violent, sexual and other types of malicious abuse of vulnerable adults, there is also abuse which is not intentional.

Pete Morgan, the council's vulnerable adult protection co-ordinator, works to tackle the problem of adult abuse in the city.

He said: "Neglect is abuse. You can abuse somebody by giving them too much medicine, you can abuse somebody by not giving them enough medicine. …

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