Neglect happens when the person or people who care for you do not give you the things you need to be healthy, comfortable and safe. There may be a pattern to the behaviour that happens again and again. Sometimes other types of abuse are going on at the same time. If this kind of abuse is being used to scare and control you it may be domestic or family violence.
Neglect mainly affects people who access help with daily tasks. The main groups affected by neglect are:
Being neglected means you don’t have all the things you need to feel healthy and safe. These things might include:
It is important to know that everyone has a right to these things. Neglect can be a form of domestic or family violence. If someone who is meant to be helping you feel cared for and safe is not doing so, it’s OK to ask for help.
Institutions can include:
Neglect can happen in institutional environments by the people who work or live there, as well as any relationship, including with:
None of these people has the right to deny or stop you from having the things you need to live a healthy, safe, comfortable life.
If the people who are meant to care for you are neglecting or abusing you, you may feel like you have no one to go to for support. In these cases, an advocate may be able to help.