What is Harassment?
Harassment is when someone, or a number of people behave in a way which makes you feel distressed, alarmed, humiliated or threatened. For the harassment to become a crime, it must have happened on at least two occasions. It could be by someone you know, like a neighbour or people from you local area, or it could be a stranger - for example, someone using social media.
Examples of harassment include:
- Unwanted phone calls, letters, emails or visits
- Verbal abuse and threats
- Smashing windows or using dogs to frighten you
The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 has purposely not fully defined the term “Harassment” so as to allow the courts discretion to decide whether a case is harassment or not. The courts will look at whether most people or a “reasonable” person would think the behaviour amounts to harassment.