We believe everyone has the right to live peacefully within their own home and community, free from abuse, irrespective of colour, race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, nationality, gender, age or sexual orientation.

What do we mean by abuse?

Abuse is a violation of a person's human and civil rights by any other person(s). Definitions of abuse include:

  • Physical - The infliction of pain or physical injury which is caused deliberately or through lack of care
  • Sexual - The involvement of a person in sexual acts or activities to which they have not agreed to or do not understand or where the other person(s) is in a position of trust or power
  • Psychological - Acts of behaviour that causes mental distress to the victim
  • Financial - The inappropriate use of money, property or possessions that belong to a vulnerable adult
  • Discriminatory - The inappropriate treatment of a vulnerable person because of their  race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, nationality, gender, age or sexual orientation.

What do we mean by anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) can include acts of abuse but also other things that prevent people from living peacefully like:

  • Criminal activity (committing arrestable offences)
  • Damage to property
  • Dangerous dogs (Dangerous Dogs Act 1991)
  • Intimidation
  • Hate crime
  • Drug abuse or distribution
  • Alcohol or solvent abuse
  • Noise nuisance.

Report abuse and ASB

If you feel like you are being abused or suffering from ASB then you can:

  • Speak to your support worker or a member staff at Foundations/Inn2
  • Talk to an adult who is acting on your behalf
  • Write a letter to Progress Housing Group, Sumner House, 21 King Street, Leyland, PR25 2LW.

You can also report an instance of anti-social behaviour, domestic violence or a hate crime online.

If the harassment is severe then you should report it to the police straight away. Call 101 to report an incident to the police or 999 if it is an emergency.