In this chapter we shall be examining the important issue of the abuse of vulnerable adults. This topic has only really come into prominence in the past 10 years or so with Eastman’s (1984) publication on old age abuse and a handful of articles and books on the abuse of people with learning disabilities (Williams, 1995). Since that time thinking on this subject has developed with concerted efforts to move away from the abuser/victim approach (Department of Health, 1993) towards one which explores dependency as a key factor and relates this to issues of ageism and sexism (Eastman, 1994). The awareness of abuse of people with learning disabilities has lagged even further behind.
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