What Is Harassment?

The term harassment can mean different things, and can take place in different settings, including your home, your place of work, your school or via the phone or the internet.  The person carrying out the harassment might be a neighbour or groups of people living nearby, an ex-partner, family members or someone at work or school.

If you are experiencing any of the following, particularly from the same person on more than one occasion, this is an indication that you may be experiencing harassment:

  • verbal abuse or threats, including blackmail
  • violence, including threatening behaviour, pushing and shoving or actual physical harm
  • sexual harassment, including verbal remarks or unwanted physical contact
  • damage to your property or possessions
  • information spread maliciously in a way that is calculated to cause distress, for example  ‘outing’ you to your family or neighbours or telling lies about you.

There are also other, more subtle, forms of harassment. These can include things such as unwanted attention, being followed or persistent sending of letters or unwanted gifts.

For more information on various types of hate crime, see the section on Hate Crime.