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Protection from Harassment Act 1997

Harassment is a criminal offense under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 which means someone can be prosecuted for this activity.  It is also a civil matter which means someone who is victim of harassment can bring a claim for damages against the perpetrator in the civil courts.

What is Harassment under the Act?

Harassment is defined in the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 as:

• acts likely to interfere with the peace and comfort of those living in the property, or

• persistent withdrawal of services that are reasonably required for the occupation of the premises. 

You can download the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 here:

There is also an exceptional guide by Shelter freely available online which you can access here