Everyone in our society deserves to be treated with kindness and dignity. So it is especially shocking to discover that some of the most vulnerable adults in our community are at risk of abuse by the very people who are charged with their care. So what can be done to safeguard the protection of vulnerable adults?
The Department of Health defines a vulnerable adult as "anyone over the age of 18 who is, or may be, in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness."
Elderly people, adults with learning, mental or physical health difficulties can become prey to sexual assaults and abuse. Such abuse can happen in the context of:
Due to the victims’ specific vulnerabilities such abuse can easily go undetected for a long time. Perpetrators can be carers, health care workers, therapists or doctors. Often perpetrators groom their victims, making it harder for them to speak out.
If you know someone vulnerable is being abused, of if you yourself are being sexually abused, it is important that the matter is reported to the police as soon as possible. We can support you making first contact with the police if you wish, and signpost you to appropriate support services while any police investigation is ongoing.
Our specialist team can advise you and provide you with a clear way forward, representing you in your legal claim, and advocating on your behalf. We have considerable experience in helping vulnerable adults launch and win compensation claims arising from sexual abuse and sexual assaults.
Alongside seeking proper compensation for you, we can make every effort to secure an apology if you want one.
At a free informal initial consultation, which can be held over the phone, we will discuss the circumstances surrounding your abuse and answer any questions you may have. We can advise you as to whether in our opinion, we consider whether you have a claim with reasonable prospects of success.
We can also come and meet you in your own home if you have mobility difficulties.