Victim of Harassment by a Person(s)

As a victim of harassment by a person(s), you might be very frustrated because:

  • the police are unable to arrest the person{s);
  • the person’s actions are seen as a “nuisance” and often not viewed as a criminal action;
  • despite attempts at mediation, the other person refuses to meet or fails to abide by the mutual agreement;
  • at times, it seems foolish to call the police on every incident;
  • for telephone harassment, especially hang-up calls, it is not only annoying by a violation of privacy;
  • if the caller is unknown, it is frightening to think that a stranger has access to you and may know your whereabouts

In addition to frustration, you may also be feeling anger, a sense of helplessness, violation, and fear. Each individual reacts differently to harassment. You know best how this crime is affecting you.

A victim advocate can assist you with:

  • filing a criminal complaint against the person harassing you
  • providing information on obtaining a temporary restraining order
  • understanding the criminal justice system
  • providing you with case information
  • referring you to community agencies, if necessary
  • helping prepare you to testify at court