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Harassment - advice and support

Harassment is any form of unwanted and unwelcome behaviour which may range from mildly unpleasant remarks to physical violence. It can also include threats of damage to your property and possessions or actual damage to them. This page gives information about harassment and how you can report it.

Harassment may be related to age, sex, race, disability, religion, nationality or any personal characteristic of the individual and may be persistent or an isolated incident. In such cases it should be classed as Hate crimes and incidents.

Harassment tends to have a strong physical component and can link to some forms of Anti-social behaviour or Domestic abuse. Bullying tends to be a large number of incidents (individually trivial) over a long period comprising constant unjustified and unsubstantiated criticism.

Remember you can suffer abuse or ill treatment in many different ways such as physical, verbal, sexual or financial.

Reporting harassment

If you believe you are being harassed, this should be reported to the police on 101. It's also useful if you have kept a record of all the times when any harassment has taken place, including what form of harassment you suffered, the date and time it took place, and a name or description of the perpetrator(s). Try and give the police as much information as you can. The more you can tell them, the quicker and easier it will be to get the harassment to stop and to start any legal action. The police will give you support and advice while they carry out their investigations.

If you are concerned that someone is being neglected or abused, please see our Concerned about someone - report neglect or abuse page. You may wish to read more on our dedicated County Durham Safeguarding Adults Partnership website 

The Children's Services team take the lead role in working with partners to implement safeguarding and child protection procedures as agreed by the Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board.


Bullying can happen at any time and to any child, although it most commonly happens in school. It can be carried out physically, verbally, emotionally or in cyberspace (online bullying). Bullying is a frightening experience, which can damage a young person's self-confidence. All schools are required to have an Anti-Bullying Policy and it's important that parents and schools work together to support and protect the child. Parents should make contact with their child's school as soon as they become aware of any problems and you should make a note of what action they intend to take. If you need to contact your child's school you can find the relevant contact details in the School Directory on our Schools and colleges page.

See our Bullying and harassment page for more information. 

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