Has a member of your family been the victim of anti-social behaviour?
Anti-social behaviour can be frightening and upsetting. If anti-social behaviour is happening to your family, it's probably affecting you too.
Anti-social behaviour comes in lots of different forms and how someone is affected by it can vary. To find out what types there are visit our Get the facts page.
It's very important that you or other family members do not get angry and look for ways to get revenge:
- you could end up in trouble
- the problem could get worse
- your family may suffer more
There are lots of things that you can do, as a family. Consider the following:
- keeping a diary of what's happening
- making sure friends, your teacher at school, or other responsible adults know about it
- telling your Safer Schools Officer or local Safer Neighbourhoods Team
- contacting your local Anti-social Behaviour Team (usually based in the Council)
If the family member in question doesn't want to talk to anyone, you could do it for them. It might feel like you're doing something behind their back, but it won't stop until something is done.
- You could go to your nearest police station or speak to your Safer Schools Officer or Safer Neighbourhoods Team - if it's an emergency you should call 999.
- Or for more information visit the Reporting crime section on the Metropolitan Police website or the How to contact us page on this site.
- Also, your local authority might have an anti-social behaviour hotline. Check your local authority website for details.
Getting more help
Being the victim of anti-social behaviour can be traumatic whether it's your brother, sister, mum, dad or other member of your family.
If it is your brother or sister that's affected you could encourage them to think about speaking to a professional in confidence on a free helpline like ChildLine or chat online to a CyberMentor. See right for details.
Adult family members might want to call Victim Support. See right for details.
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK, Children and young people can call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.
CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.
If you're being bullied or are troubled by something, CyberMentors is where you can go for help.
Victim Support is the independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime right across England and Wales. Their services are free of charge and confidential. Call the support line on 0845 30 30 900.