Antisocial behaviour services
Around two million incidents of antisocial behaviour (ASB) were recorded by police in England and Wales in the year 2014/15.
According to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, antisocial behaviour is behaviour that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the perpetrator.
Individual incidents of ASB may not technically be classed as crimes but can have very similar effects for victims. Research also shows that the public don’t distinguish between ASB and criminal activity, with communities now requesting that ASB be considered a police priority.
How VS helps
We offer a package of support and practical help to meet the individual needs of victims and their community, which helps tackle ASB at the source and reduce its impact.
We also work to identify ‘hidden’ cases of ASB (such as those which have been reported by the police as simply one-off incidents) and to recognise victims who are vulnerable or at high risk of being harmed.
We support whole families where required – whether they are direct or indirect victims – and our core service is built around three main strands:
- Emotional support to help victims understand and cope with the experience of living with persistent fear and disruption.
- Information to help people understand their options for tackling ASB and getting the support they need.
- Practical help, which involves developing a personal action plan with ASB victims, with strategies to help them protect themselves and reduce repeat incidents.