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Violation of an individual’s human or civil rights. Any or all types of abuse may be perpetrated as the result of deliberate intent, negligence or ignorance. Different types of abuse include: Physical Abuse, Neglect/acts of omission, Financial/material abuse, Psychological Abuse,  Sexual Abuse, Institutional Abuse, Discriminatory Abuse, or any combination of these. Abuse can be perpetrated by one or more people (either known or not known to the victim) or can take the form of Institutional Abuse within an organisation. It can be a single or repeated act.

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