Southampton leaders encourage residents to speak out and spot the signs of abuse

Hampshire Constabulary, Southampton City Council, the local NHS and voluntary organisations have come together to launch a new campaign to raise awareness of reporting adult abuse and harm.

Southampton Leaders encourage residents to speak outThis comes as the Ann Craft Trust launches its National Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week, starting on Monday 18 November 2019.

This new ‘Spot the Signs and Speak Out’ campaign raises awareness of different types of abuse, a new web page has been launched to help people in Southampton find out more about how to spot the signs and speak out: www.southampton.gov.uk/speakout

The campaign has the support of the Southampton Safeguarding Adults Board, which includes representatives from the Southampton City Council, local police, NHS, fire service and the voluntary sector.

Spot the signs

A representative from the Southampton Safeguarding Partnerships Team said:

“In Southampton, many adults may not know what the signs of abuse are. This campaign highlights the different types of abuse, which can be physical, but can also be in the form of discrimination, stealing money or belongings, or psychological, coercive control. Anyone can speak out and report abuse by contacting adult social care. Or if an adult is in immediate danger, call 999.”

Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Adult Care said:

“Everyone has the right to live in a world free from abuse and neglect. The ‘Spot the Signs and Speak Out’ campaign helps us understand what abuse can look like and how to report it. Abuse and neglect can happen at home, in public places, and even in hospitals or care homes. You shouldn't assume that someone else will report it and should always speak out if you are concerned. When you report abuse, we will listen, help and support you, and work with you to stop the abuse. By speaking out, you will protect yourself and others from further harm.”

The signs of adult abuse could be:

  • Financial Abuse - Money, welfare benefits, belongings or property being withheld or stolen by another person. 
  • Discrimination - Comments or jokes about a person’s disability, age, race or sexual orientation. 
  • Physical abuse - Hitting, pushing, slapping, misuse of medication or locking someone in a room. 
  • Sexual abuse - Being made to do things of a sexual nature against someone’s will. 
  • Emotional abuse - Shouting, swearing, bullying, teasing or humiliating someone. 
  • Neglect - Ignoring medical or physical care needs. 
  • Self-neglect - Not attending to your own basic needs, for example personal hygiene, health or surroundings including hoarding. 
  • Domestic abuse - Including coercive control, psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse, and ‘honour’ based violence

If you are worried that an adult may be at risk of abuse or harm, contact: adultsocialcareconnect@southampton.gov.uk, call 023 8083 3003 or 023 8023 3344 (Outside of normal office hours). More information can be found at www.southampton.gov.uk/speakout