While a lot of attention is paid, for example, to targeted fraud or internet scams perpetrated by complete strangers, it is far more likely that the person responsible for abuse is known to the adult and is in a position of trust and power.
These could, amongst others, include –
- Relatives and family members
- A person entrusted to act on behalf of the adult in some aspect of their affairs.
- Professional staff / Paid care workers / Volunteers
- Vulnerable people / Other service users
- Neighbours, friends and associates
- People who deliberately target vulnerable people