Harassment is when someone behaves in a way which makes you feel distressed, humiliated or threatened. It could be in the form of unwanted phone calls, letters, emails or visits. Verbal abuse and threats can constitute harassment, as can stalking or just about any behaviour intended to frighten and distress you.
The law provides protection from harassment which is available from either the civil or criminal courts. When harassment is shown, an injunction can be issued forbidding the person harassing you from continuing their behaviour. If they do not do so, they can be prosecuted and sent to prison. They can also be ordered to pay you compensation.
This guide deals with the provisions of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, and how an application for the courts protection may be made in person and without incurring the cost of employing a lawyer. A number of example applications which can be followed are included.