What Can I Do About Neighbourhood Harassment?

If you are being harassed by your neighbours or other people who live near you, you can take the following action:

  • Try to deal with the harassment as soon as it starts. The longer it goes on the more difficult it can be to address.   If you feel in immediate danger always dial 999.
  • Tell someone about the harassment.  You should make a formal report of any incident of harassment as soon as it happens so that you can get help and stop an escalation of the abuse:
  • If you live in council or housing association accommodation you should contact your local housing office
  • Whoever your landlord is, you can go to the local authority’s antisocial behaviour team, which may be able to take action on your behalf
  • If you decide to go to the police you could ask to speak to the LGBT Liaison Officer for your borough as they may have a better and more sympathetic understanding of the particular issues you are facing as an LGBT person.
  • You can also contact Galop and we can advise you of your rights in your particular situation and suggest an appropriate course of action, as well as putting you in touch with other agencies or support networks that may be able to help. If you feel that your complaint hasn’t been dealt with properly by the police, Galop will liaise on your behalf with them to try and resolve the situation.
  • Keep a diary of any incident, however minor, noting down dates, times and what was said or done by the person harassing you.
  • Keep a record of any evidence of harassment – for example take photos of any graffiti, keep evidence of any damage to property. Save text messages, emails or letters. Find out if there are any CCTV images that might have captured the harassment.
  • •    Find out if anyone else witnessed the harassment and ask them if they are prepared to come forward as a witness should you need to report the matter.
  • •    Sometimes speaking to your harasser can help but never consider doing this if you think it could put you in danger. If you do decide to do this, speak slowly and calmly, maintaining eye contact and explain the way that the harassment has been affecting you.

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