There are a broad range of behaviours that come under the heading of physical abuse including:
- Being attacked, kicked, slapped, bitten, punched, strangled, or other violent acts
- Being humiliated and degraded by restricted access to toileting and personal hygiene, being forced to sleep on the floor, force fed/starved or denied sleep
- Endangering health or exacerbating pre-existing conditions by poisoning, by withholding or overdosing of medication.
Consider physical abuse if bruises are apparent; personal hygiene appears poor or has worsened; appointments are regularly missed without explanation and/or the individual is always accompanied.
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