Bullying, harassment and stalking
Stalking behaviour might appear innocent at first, but if it keeps happening, it could mean something more sinister.
- repeated attempts by someone to make unwanted contact with you
- contact which is making you feel distressed or restricts your freedom.
Unwanted contact can include telephone calls, letters, emails, text messages, and messages on social networking sites, graffiti or sending or leaving gifts.
Other unwanted behaviour might include;
A stalker may also order or cancel your goods or services, make complaints to organisations about you, damage your property or try to talk to you online (cyber-stalking).
- waiting for you
- spying on you
- approaching you
- going to your home
National Stalking Helpline
The National Stalking Helpline, offering help, advice and support, can be contacted on 0808 802 0300.
Harassment might include:
- repeatedly sending texts and making telephone calls causing distress following the break-up of a relationship
- making a series of unwanted visits and telephone calls to a place of work
- long-running neighbour disputes
- constant verbal intimidation and abuse to a local shop-keeper
Harassment is different to someone causing a general nuisance or a feeling of annoyance, irritation or resentment.