Although adults will vary in their ability to understand risk, most can be helped to greater awareness of what abuse and neglect is, how abusers operate and how to protect themselves and benefit from help.

There are many ways in which these adults can be helped to reduce the risks they may face, including:

  • Increased awareness of the fact of adult abuse and neglect, how and where it may happen and who can be an abuser;
  • Understanding and being given the skills related to how to avoid potentially abusive situations;
  • Knowledge of what to do if an abusive situation arises: how to get help; how to report concern.

Helping these adults to protect themselves to their maximum ability should be a high priority activity for both care workers and carers.