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Vulnerable adults

Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity and no one should have to suffer abuse. The earlier you report abuse, the less harm someone will suffer.

Together with our partners, the police work to make sure priority support to given to any vulnerable person at risk.

A person can be considered vulnerable if they:
  • need care and support
  • are experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • are unable to protect yourself.
People are often more at risk of abuse if they’re isolated, dependent on someone (such as a carer), have memory problems or difficulty communicating.

Abuse can take many forms eg physical, psychological, financial or sexual and can happen anywhere - at home, in a nursing home, at hospital, or in public. 

Although it can be carried out by strangers, it is usually someone known to the victim.
What to look out for:
  • Injuries, such as bruises
  • Unkempt or malnourished appearance
  • Becoming isolated or withdrawn
  • New people regularly visiting or living at the address
  • House appearing in need of repair.

What you can do

If you’re concerned about someone you know, contact Kent County Council (KCC) Adult Services or Medway Council’s Adult Services If you think a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger, call police on 999.  

If a crime is reported to us, we’ll work with our partner agencies to protect, safeguard and support vulnerable victims.

More information

For support and advice for people living with mental health problems or age-related illnesses visit:


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