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  • Public Spaces Protection Orders; Good or bad?
    A Public Space Protection Order prohibits specific things being done in a restricted area. For example, it can stop drunk anti-social behaviour in a certain area by making it an offence to not hand over alcohol when asked. The order can only be in place for a maximum of three years and unlike Community Protection […]
  • A Lack of Data
    The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into place to replace old anti-social behaviour powers (including ASBO’s), as people saw these to be ineffective. In replace of the 19 pre-existing powers, six new powers were put into place including Criminal Behaviour Orders, Civil Injunctions and Community Protection Notices. A spokesperson for the Home […]
  • PCC promotion of the Community Trigger
    What have Police and Crime Commissioners got to do with anti-social behaviour? Well, we would suggest they have quite a lot to do with it!  Firstly, when they run for this elected post, they speak out about how they will help victims of both crime and anti-social behaviour.  They also speak out about helping vulnerable […]
  • Community Protection Notice – how successful is it?
    What is the Community Protection Notice? The Community Protection Notice (CPN) was introduced in 2014, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act. The notice allowed local authorities to impose specific sanctions to the individual who had been issued the Community Protection Notice. These included the individual being prevented from doing certain things. The Community […]
  • Confusion Reigns
    Community Trigger Confusion The more I hear from people who have tried to activate the Community Trigger, the more I must conclude that there is confusion at every level. I had thought the confusion was reserved for the actual victims – something I have documented extensively – from the perplexity of it going by two […]
  • Neighbour Dispute Confusion
    I sense there is a rather sketchy distinction going on across the country between anti-social behaviour and a neighbour dispute.  At best this is causing confusion.  At worst it is leaving innocent, vulnerable victims ignored and without proper support and help. “Nothing was done because it was labelled a neighbour dispute.” Is this a familiar […]
  • Suffering in Silence
    We believe there are many victims of anti-social behaviour who are suffering in silence in the UK at this time. I read with interest a while back this article in the East Lothian Courier: http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/tranent/15200968.Residents__afraid_to_call_police__over_youth_gangs/ which clearly highlighted the issues when someone experiences anti-social behaviour. Gangs of up to 30 youths were gathering at a local park […]
  • Victims being Failed
    “Stalking victims being failed, say watchdogs” (BBC on 5th July 2017) “Bijan Ebrahimi: Police ‘failed’ murdered man for years.” (BBC on 5th July 2017) There is a familiar theme here in these 2 reports that came out last week.  One report was published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the other by HMIC (Her Majesty’s […]
  • Fundamental Flaw
    We believe that there is a fundamental flaw underlying victim empowerment when individuals are dealing with such big organisations like Councils and social landlords.  The relationship is so unbalanced that it is easy to see how a victim could be ignored and feel powerless. The Victim’s Voice From our perspective, as a charity seeking to […]
  • The Elephant in the Room
    Mental Health and Anti-Social Behaviour This week is Mental Health Awareness week.  As we hear from victims and speak to agencies, it is clear that mental health and anti-social behaviour are closely interlinked. It is a difficult topic and we would suggest that often in cases of ASB it is the elephant in the room […]