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What is a harassment injunction?

Harassment occurs when someone causes you alarm or distress. An injunction is a civil court order that either: 

  • Prevents a person from doing something 

  • Requires a person to do something 

If a person is being harassive, it is possible to apply to the courts for an injunction to stop them from doing it again. Once that injunction has been made, it is an offence if they do not stop harassing you and the offender can be prosecuted for it in the criminal court (even if the injunction was made in the civil court). The courts do not grant injunctions without strong reason- they are very draconian measures that the courts need to be persuaded are really necessary. 

If you have suffered financial or emotional loss because of the harassment, the courts can also award compensation.  

If you have been, or are being, harassed, click the link below to contact our expert R&P Solicitors.


What is harassment? 

Harassment is both a criminal offence and a civil action under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, meaning that a potential offender may be liable for harassment in the criminal court, or subject to an action against them in the civil court.  

Harassment is behaviour made against a person that causes distress, alarm, humiliation, or the feeling of being threatened. It can be made by someone known to the victim, or by a stranger. It can take the form of: 

  • Phone calls 

  • Written contact (such as texts or emails) 

  • Visits to the victims home or workplace 

  • Stalking 

  • Verbal abuse 

  • Threats 

  • Specific actions that cause the victim to feel frightened  

How do I take out a harassment injunction against someone? 

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