Scaring and stalking

What is harassment?

Harassment is when someone else’s behaviour makes you feel scared, humiliated or threatened.

Examples of harassment are:

  • making horrible phone calls or sending nasty emails;
  • saying things which make you worry for your safety; and
  • damaging property to scare you – such as smashing windows.

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What is stalking?

Stalking is when someone repeatedly harasses someone else, such as:

  • regularly following someone and turning up regularly at the same place as them;
  • spying on someone without them knowing;
  • continually sending unwanted flowers or gifts; and
  • refusing to listen to requests to stay away.

Stalking can also happen online and through social media and is called cyber-stalking. Read more about cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying.

What can I do if I’m being harassed or stalked by someone else?

Being stalked or harassed can have a big impact on your life, and may make you feel scared to leave your home or go on to social media.

Harassment and stalking are against the law and the police can help to stop the person who is making you feel scared. If you’re being harassed or stalked:

  • tell an adult that you trust. They will give you help and advice to sort out the problem;
  • call the police. This is not something you should deal with alone. If you feel you are in danger, contact the police immediately by calling 999;
  • speak to Voice. We’ve helped loads of people just like you who’ve had to deal with similar issues.

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