Bullying behaviour in the community can have serious and lasting consequences for individuals and the community as a whole. It is important to address and prevent any bullying to create a safe and inclusive environment. It is essential to create an environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and safe. Dealing with bullying behaviour in the community requires a multi-faceted approach from all members of the community, including individuals, families, schools, and local authorities. Education, awareness, and intervention are crucial components of any successful anti-bullying strategy.
Community based bullying is often different to bullying in the school/work environment. There have been four main types of bullying behaviour associated with bullying in public spaces:
Bullying motivated by prejudice such as bullying related to race, homophobia and disability, is just as likely to happen in the community. In fact victimisation and bullying in the community is a serious problem for a significant number of people.
Police: If the incident is serious and a crime may have been committed, contact your local police station.
Housing Office/Tenants Associations: Report incidents to the local Housing Office or Housing Association Officers if you are a council tenant and the incident involves children or adults in your neighbourhood. If you rent private property you can contact your landlord.
Anti-Social Behaviour: Local authorities have units to deal with anti-social behaviour. It may be that the bullying incident is part of a wider range of problems in your neighbourhood that
may constitute anti-social behaviour. Anti-social behaviour units only get involved if the problem is seen to be both very serious and long running and other agencies have been unable to resolve
If the bullying involves criminal behaviour or poses an immediate threat to you or your child or you have been bullied because of your race, religion or sexuality, or if you become aware of such bullying, this is classed as a ‘hate’ incident and you should report it. Racist, LGBTQ+, disability and religious bullying incidents can be reported at any Police Station. Provide them with detailed information about the incident, and be prepared to share any evidence.
If you fear retaliation or are uncomfortable disclosing your identity, inquire about anonymous reporting options. Some organisations or authorities may allow you to submit a report without revealing your name.