Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB,) neighbour disputes and harassment can take many forms.
They range from criminal activity to seemingly minor incidents, which may not appear too serious. However, if relatively low level incidents form part of an ongoing campaign, they can then have a significant impact on victims.
ASB and harassment can include the following:
- Verbal abuse or threatening behaviour;
- Persistent littering;
- ‘Pranks’ which get out of hand.
How we can help
If you are the victim of ASB or harrassment, the Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS) can provide support to help you cope and recover.
Community Trigger is a legal process, which you can use to ask agencies to review responses to reported anti-social behaviour or hate crimes.
As a result, the trigger is designed to empower victims and bring agencies together to deal with some of the most persistent and complex cases.
Under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, Community Trigger is a legal right for victims of ASB and/or hate crime. It allows victims to ask for a review of how their council, police force, clinical commissioning group and some social landlords have dealt with reports.
Community Trigger can be used in the following circumstances:
- You’ve made three or more separate reports about the same problem in the past six months to your council, Cleveland Police or landlord;
- There have been five or more reports of the same problem by more than one person, business or group in the past six months to the council, police or landlord;
- Hate crime has been reported by a person, business or community group crime in the past 3 months.
For more information, contact your local council online at the following addresses: