Harassment - crime prevention advice and evidence preservation
Being a victim of crime can be an upsetting and traumatic experience, Nottinghamshire Police take all reports of harassment seriously.
Harassment is repeated, unwanted contact, which causes you alarm, or distress.
What happens next?
An officer will attend and speak to you about your report. Your report will be dealt with sensitively and if the harassment amounts to domestic abuse you will be asked questions to complete a risk assessment. This ensures risks are properly identified to effectively safeguard you.
What you can do:
If stalking takes place online or over the phone, it is important to save copies of any contact made
It would be safer and also evidentially advisable for you to silence contact, rather than block the contact
If a crime has been identified the officer will ask you to provide a statement, the statement gives best evidence to support a prosecution
You will be offered the opportunity to provide a Victim Personal Statement (VPS) which is your opportunity to explain how the harassment has affected you
What you can do:
There are some steps you can do to protect yourself from harassment, these include:
Reporting harassment over social media to the respective service provider
Tell the person who is harassing you that their conduct is unwanted and causing you distress
Do not engage in ongoing contact with the person who is harassing you
Ideally do not block them from contacting you but keep a diary to log all contacts to help us show a course of conduct (which means it’s happened more than once)
SUPPORT FOR YOU - Further support and advice can be obtained from: