Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

If you are concerned that an adult at risk living in Kirklees is being abused you can telephone, visit or email us using the contact details below:-

Report abuse or seek advice contacts

  • Kirklees Council
  • Customer Service Centre Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TG
  • Gateway to care Walsh Building, Town Hall Way, Dewsbury, WF12 8EQ
  • Phone 01484 414933 Open 24 hours a day
  • Email

What happens after abuse is reported?

When you report abuse, people will:

  • listen to you
  • take your concerns seriously
  • respond sensitively
  • make enquiries about the concerns
  • consider the wishes of the adult at risk
  • talk to the police if it is a criminal matter
  • support the adult at risk to achieve the changes they want, wherever possible
  • develop a plan with the adult at risk to keep them safe in the future
  • consider if anyone else is at risk.

The Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board organises safeguarding adults work in Kirklees. The Board includes a range of organisations, such as Kirklees Council, health services, police and voluntary agencies.

Who is an adult at risk?

An adult at risk is someone who is aged 18 years or more who:

  • has needs for care and support
  • is experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect, and
  • as a result of their need for care and support is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.
  • is an older person who is frail due to ill health, physical disability or cognitive impairment
  • has a learning disability
  • has a physical disability and/or sensory impairment
  • has mental health needs including dementia or a personality disorder
  • has a long-term illness/condition
  • misuses substances or alcohol
  • is an unpaid carer such as a family member/friend who provides personal assistance and care to adults and is subject to abuse
  • lacks the mental capacity to make particular decisions and is in need of care and support.

What is abuse?

Abuse can be:

  • something that happens once
  • something that happens repeatedly
  • a deliberate act
  • something that was unintentional, perhaps due to a lack of understanding
  • a crime

Abuse can happen anywhere, at any time and be caused by anyone

It might be:

  • a partner or relative
  • a friend or neighbour
  • a paid or volunteer carer
  • other service users
  • someone in a position of trust
  • a stranger

Different forms of abuse and neglect

Abuse can take many forms. It might include:

Physical abuse

This can include:-

  • being assaulted,
  • hit, slapped, pushed,
  • restrained,
  • being denied food or water,
  • not being helped to go to the bathroom when you need to go
  • misuse of your medication
Sexual abuse

This can include:-

  • indecent exposure,
  • sexual harassment,
  • inappropriate looking or touching,
  • rape,
  • sexual teasing or innuendo,
  • sexual photography,
  • subjection to pornography,
  • witnessing sexual acts,
  • sexual acts that you didn't agree to or were pressured into consenting to.
Psychological abuse

This can include:-

  • someone emotionally abusing you or threatening to hurt or abandon you,
  • stopping you from seeing people
  • humiliating you
  • blaming
  • controlling
  • intimidating or harassing you
  • verbal abuse or being shouted at
  • cyber bullying
  • isolation, or an unreasonable and unjustified withdrawal of services or support networks
  • bullying
  • being made to feel frightened
Financial or material abuse

This can include:-

  • someone stealing money or belongings from you
  • it might be someone who is appointed to look after your money on your behalf using the money inappropriately or coercing you into spending it in a way you are not happy with.
  • Internet scams and doorstep crime

This can include:-

  • not being provided with enough food or the right kind of food
  • not being taken proper care of
  • leaving you without help to wash or change dirty or wet clothes,
  • not getting you to a doctor when you need one
  • not making sure you have the right medicines
Discriminatory abuse

This can include:-

  • treatment or harassment based on age, gender, sexuality, disability, race or religious belief.

You can report this on our hate incident reporting page.

Modern Slavery

This can include:-

  • human trafficking
  • forced labour
  • domestic servitude
Organisational abuse

This can include:-

  • when someone is treated badly by staff in a service

This can include:-

  • where someone is no longer looking after themselves
  • not eating or washing properly
  • hoarding and living in chaotic and filthy conditions
Domestic violence and abuse

When abuse occurs between partners or by a family member

For help and support see our IT'S NEVER OK page.

I think I am being abused or neglected: what can I do?

You can talk to:

  • Don't worry about making a fuss – tell someone you trust as soon as possible.
  • Speak to friends or careworkers, who may have an understanding of the situation and be able to take steps quickly to improve the situation.
  • You can also talk to professionals such as your GP or social worker about your concerns, or you could ask to speak Kirklees Council Adult Safeguarding team.
  • If you believe a crime is being, or has been, committed – whether it's physical abuse or financial – talk to the police or ask someone you trust to do so on your behalf.

For more information on what happens after you report a safeguarding issue read our Safeguarding and you leaflet.