Introduction to Stranger Violence and Harassment

Stranger violence and harassment is when someone behaves in a way which makes you feel distressed, humiliated or threatened. It could be someone you know, like a neighbour or people from you local area or it could be a stranger - for example, someone on the bus.


Examples of harassment include:

  • unwanted phone calls, letters, emails or visits

  • abuse and bullying online

  • stalking

  • verbal abuse and threats

  • smashing windows or using dogs to frighten you.

If you’re being harassed and you feel you're in danger you can contact the police. If you think you’re being harassed because of your disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation, you can report the harassment to the police as a hate incident or crime.