Harassment & Stalking

What is harassment?

Harassment is a course of conduct which causes the victim to feel alarmed, harassed, anxious and distressed. A “course of conduct” means that the harassment needs to be repeated, not just a one off incident.

There are many different ways in which someone can be harassed. For example:

  • an individual spreading untrue rumours about you in your local area;
  • somebody sending you unwanted communications such as text messages or making repeated phones calls to you;
  • following your social media accounts and making unwarranted public statements about you; or
  • physically following you or driving past or waiting outside your property, making you feel intimidated.

By its very nature, harassment is incredibly upsetting for the victim, particularly where the harassment has been going on for a long time. Dealing with harassment claims quickly and sensitively is therefore very important and that is where we can help.

 

Should I involve the police?

In some cases, the harassment will be so serious that we will advise you to speak to the police as well as instructing us, if you have not already done so.

In those circumstances, you will be entitled to claim monetary compensation from your harasser using our services, as well as the police dealing with them via criminal proceedings.

 

How do I prove harassment?

In order to bring a claim for harassment, it is very important that you preserve the evidence of your harassment as far as you possibly can. There are steps that you can take, as follows:

  • any emails or text messages should not be deleted, no matter how distressing they are;
  • any messages or comments about you which appear on social media should  be captured in screenshots as quickly as possible, as once they are deleted they are almost impossible to retrieve;
  • if your harasser is regularly appearing outside your home or at your place of work, you should consider installing CCTV to capture what they are doing; and
  • it is also very important to keep a diary of the harassing events, in chronological order, so that you can refer back to this at a later date if necessary.

 

If you are being harassed, there are steps that you can take to make it stop – you do not have to put up with the harassment. In the first instance, you should contact us for a no obligation discussion about how we can help.

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