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Harassment and Stalking

What is it?

Harassment is behaviour that is repeated and unwanted by the victim and causes them alarm and distress.

Being harassed can take many different forms such as

Stalking is a term used for a particular kind of 'harassment'. Generally it describes a long term pattern of persistent and repeated behaviour. It occurs in a wide variety of situations - the most common reports relate to ex-partners and/or acquaintances.

Stalking is a criminal offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

Where can I get help or further information?

If you feel a person's behaviour is putting you in immediate danger, you should call 999 straight away.

If you feel that you are being stalked, the police would prefer to speak to you on the phone (on 101) or in person. However, if contacting them online is the safest way for you to get in touch, you can complete the secure online reporting form.

If you don't feel confident speaking to the police there are lots of other agencies that can support you.