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Institutional abuse can typically occur in a care home, nursing home, acute hospital or in-patient setting and can be any of the following:[1]

It can be considered to mainly apply to four categories of people:[2]

  • children - see also child abuse
  • adults with learning difficulties
  • adults with mental health problems
  • older people - see also elder abuse.

See also


  1. "Institutional abuse". 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
  2. Manthorpe J, Penhale B, Stanley N Institutional Abuse: Perspectives Across the Life Course (1999)[page needed]

Further reading

Academic papers

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