Useful Publications

On this page we look at some relevant publications, press releases, and other useful sources of information in the field of anti-social behaviour.


Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
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See here for our summary of this.

View Statutory guidance for frontline professionals on applying this legislation (updated August 2019).

“The Community Trigger. Where We Are Today”
Published by ASB Help, March 2019
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“The Community Trigger. Empowerment or Bureaucratic Exercise?”
Published by ASB Help, September 2016
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“Effective Support for Anti-Social Behaviour Victims. An overview of Victim Support work with victims of anti-social behaviour across England and Wales
Published by ASB Help, November 2014
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See here for a summary of the findings and recommendations in this report.

“Empowering Communities, Protecting Victims. Summary report on the Community Trigger trials.”
Published by the Home Office, May 2013
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See here for our summary and analysis of this report.

“Personal, Situational and Incidental Vulnerabilities to ASB Harm: a follow-up study”
Published by Universities Police Science Institute and Cardiff University for HMIC, January 2013
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See here for our summary and analysis of this report.

“Putting Victims First. More Effective Responses to Anti-Social Behaviour”
Published by the Home Office, May 2012
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See here for our summary and analysis of this report.

“Focus on the Victim: Summary report on the ASB Call Handling Trials”
Published by the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers, April 2012
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See here for our summary and analysis of this report.

“A Step in the Right Direction: The policing of anti-social behaviour.”
Published by HMIC 2012
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See here for our summary and analysis of this report.

“Generation Blame: how age affects our views of anti-social behaviour” University of Cambridge, 2014
View Cambridge University’s summary of the publication
A direct comparison of adult and teenage perceptions of ASB reveals an important disconnect in their interpretations. Of particular note is the high percentage of adults who consider young people’s presence in public places as ASB regardless of their behaviour..


For the news release following the launch of our report The Community Trigger. Where We Are Today on 26th March 2019 please see here

For our 15th September 2016 news release on the launch of our report “The Community Trigger. Empowerment or Bureaucratic Exercise?” see here.

For our 21st March 2016 news release on the failure of the Community Trigger – backed up with evidence from YouGov – see here.

For the news release following the launch of our report “Effective Support for Anti-Social Behaviour Victims on 20th November 2014, please see here

For the news release announcing the launch of ASB Help on 29th April 2014 please see here.

If you are a member of the press and want to contact us, please email our CEO, Jenny Herrera, at

Useful Sources of Information

Street-Level Crime Maps

Street-level crime maps for England and Wales were launched in January 2011. You can enter your postcode, town, village or street into the search box, and get instant access to street-level crime maps and data, as well as details of your local policing team and beat meetings. To see the street-level crime map for your local area, go to and enter your postcode. This will help inform you about the level of incidents in your area and you can see how many of these incidents are anti-social behaviour and what outcome there has been as a result of the report. This website will also acquaint you with the police officers in your local area.

HMIC Crime and Policing Comparator

HMIC’s Crime and Policing Comparator allows you to compare data on recorded crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB), quality of service, finances and workforce numbers for all police forces in England and Wales. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) validates and publishes this data, which is submitted by police forces.

The Prosecutors’ Pledge

The Crown Prosecution Service has committed to follow The Prosecutors’ Pledge, which can be found here: This Pledge seeks to protect the victim through the process of charging someone, including keeping them informed about what stage the criminal procedure is at, guiding them in what they need to do and addressing any specific needs they may have.

Risk Assessment Matrix to Identify Vulnerability of Victims

This matrix (see link below) is reproduced from the “Empowering Communities, Protecting Victims”publication above because we felt it would be useful to highlight the kind of questions agencies use to assess the vulnerability of victims. This information equips victims with the kind of questions they should be asked when reporting anti-social behaviour and helps both victims and practitioners understand the weight given to different levels of vulnerability, such as physical and mental health and the existence of support networks for victims.

Click here to download the Risk Assessment Matrix

Community Trigger Best Practice Template

Practitioners have asked us for a best practice example or template for how to effectively display information about their Community Trigger/ASB Case Review. We have put the following together with guidance on the key aspects to get right. CLAP and get your Community Trigger right.