Hidden harms animation - domestic abuse and older adults

Abuse can occur at any age and is often under reported when it related to adults over the age of 65. Safeguarding often considers “carer’s stress” when incidents occur, and while one-off events do happen, it needs to be explored to see if there are any patterns or history. Based on the power and control wheel as adapted by Dewis Choice, the aim of this short animation is to help support practitioners and families start a conversation with an older adult.

We know from research that this is a very sensitive topic to talk about. Older adults may be more reluctant to talk about problems at home due to experiential, cultural, and social factors, and this combined with ageing and subsequent care needs leaves them vulnerable to having domestic abuse overlooked

The Hidden harms animation has been co-created by survivors aged between 60 and 93 years old from Dewis Choice, who are now in recovery and living free from harm, fear and abuse. Talking to someone about the behaviour will not mean having to make decisions you are not ready for, but it will create options to help you get the support you need to feel safer and happier.

We would like to thank Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board for granting permission to adapt this animation for Derbyshire and Derby Safeguarding Adults Boards and Derbyshire and Derby City Safer Communities Boards.

Identifying and reporting abuse and neglect - DSAB animated film and accompanying leaflet

Keeping people safe from abuse and neglect is everyone's business.

Adults suffering from abuse and neglect can be harmed by someone they know, but they may be unable to report it because of disability, illness or because they are afraid. Abuse can happen in the adult's home or a care establishment.

The Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board, in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, NHS Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care Board and Derbyshire Police, have produced an animated film called Identifying and reporting abuse and neglect. The film is available with subtitles in English, Polish, Romanian, Simplified Chinese and Urdu. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, there is a British Sign Language interpreter version.

To accompany the animated film, we have produced an adult safeguarding guide, which is attached to this page.

Tricky friends animation

Tricky Friends is a 3 minute animation developed to help people to understand what good friendships are and when they might be harmful.

It is important that people with learning disabilities and autism, those who have cognitive difficulties, and also children and young adults, have positive opportunities to make and maintain friendships. We want to help them to do this to reduce the risk of harm and exploitation in groups who may be less able to recognise the intentions of others.

This animation can be used as a way to start those conversations, and keep adults safer while enjoying their friendships.

Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board would like to thank Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board for allowing us to use and adapt this video.

Watch the tricky friends animation.

Watch the tricky friends animation - British Sign Language version.