The person causing harm can often be in a position of power or trust and is usually someone that you feel safe with like a care giver or family member. You can be more at risk of being abused when you’re isolated i.e. don’t get many visitors or don’t have much contact with friends/ family, you could have memory problems and may not realise something is wrong, you become dependent on someone as your carer or even in your carer becomes dependent on you for financial or emotional support.
If I suspected an individual was being abused, I would first talk to them, explaining that I noticed they were more withdrawn or had more marks/ bruises than before. I wouldn’t force them to talk as they may not want to and would be patient and let them know that I am available to talk whenever they wish.