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Introduction

WithBridget Penhale

The abuse of individuals receiving care in institutions is not a new phenomenon. However, institutional abuse can be said to have been rediscovered in the late twentieth century in the UK and it is no longer possible to consign such abuse to the past. Reports of abuse in institutions have appeared frequently in the media in the last fifteen years but have often been superficially covered. It is nevertheless increasingly recognised that abuse is part of the experience of many residents in a number of different settings and that such abuse may be both widespread and systematic.