Harassment is both a criminal offence and a civil action under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
This means that someone can be prosecuted in the criminal courts if they harass you. It also means you can take action against the person in the civil courts.
When is something harassment under the Act?
Generally speaking harassment is behaviour which causes you distress or alarm.
The Act also says you must have experienced at least two incidents by the sameperson or group of people for it to be harassment.
It’s the courts that decide if something is harassment under the Act. The courts will look at whether most people or a reasonable person would think the behaviour amounts to harassment.