Neighbour Harassment

Harassment From Your Neighbour: Part 8

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- Forms of Harassment from your Neighbour
- What action you can take about harassment

What can you do if you're suffering with Harassment?

Don't ignore harassment

If you are experiencing harassment, intimidating behaviour or harassment, please don't ignore it - most of the time it's unlikely to go away without some kind of action. Don't feel it's your fault because you're living with it either and you won't be labelled as a 'troublemaker' for bringing it to the attention of others and the Police.

People who are involved in harassing behaviour often display it as a form of control and 'superiority' over your life, ignoring it could be seen as a sign of success by the person who is harassing you. Worst still the harasser could feel they are entitled to get away with it. Don't let them.

If you've only been harassed once, that's one time too many; don't ever hesitate to contact someone for more help and ask the police for more advice and information.

Get help and support

Inform and ask your Local Police for help. Ask them about the Protection From Harassment Act of 1997 (PFHA '97) and other possible legal avenues that could be open to you. Ask the Police if they are able to take action on your behalf under relevant legislation and in particular the PFHA '97.

You could also:

  • Talk to a harassment adviser (you may have one in your workplace or organisation).

  • A counsellor where appropriate may offer guidance.

  • Get professionally qualified legal help (e.g. from a solicitor).

  • Ask a friend for support.

  • A workmate or union representative could assist you.

  • Where it happens in work, your personnel/human resources department should be there to advise.

  • Ask the person who is harassing you to stop: May be difficult, unrealistic or impossible, but could help.

Do not ever approach your neighbour or person who is harassing you if you are in any way worried that there may be actual physical danger or threatened violence. Call your Police at once if this is the case.

If you do decide to approach the person responsible for causing you harassment, take very careful actions and due care over your safety. Don't go alone, take a friend or relative with you.

Going alone could put you in danger. By taking a witness it could be useful to have a third party account of what was said and done - the harasser then also cannot claim as you didn't ask them to stop their harassing behaviour, they felt it was acceptable behaviour (because you didn't object to it in the first place).

Above all - YOUR SAFETY is paramount, do not place yourself in unnecessary and un-needed danger. If in doubt, get out of the way or do not get in the way of potential problems or danger.