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Clarion Housing wants its neighbourhoods to be vibrant, diverse places where people want to live and everyone is safe to live together. Any form of harassment or hate crime is completely unacceptable and a breach of the terms of a tenancy agreement or lease.
We are committed to working closely with our community partners to prevent and tackle harassment and hate crime. We will take action to evict those found guilty of commitment hate crimes or of harassing others on grounds of race, religion, nationality, sexuality, disability or other grounds.
Harassment is any deliberate attack suffered by an individual or group because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The type of behaviour may range from unpleasant remarks to physical violence.
Harassment can occur as an isolated incident or a series of incidents. However, legal action against most types of harassment can usually only be taken where there has been a series of incidents.
A hate crime is any form of harassment that is also a criminal offence. Some examples of behaviour that can be classified as hate crime are:
The police can take legal action against hate crime after only one incident, and Clarion Housing can take legal action to evict those found guilty of it.
We work closely with our community partners, such as the police and local council, to tackle harassment and hate crime. Together, we can take a range of actions, which will depend on the situation and nature of the case.
Some of the actions include:
Whether you are a victim or a witness, you can report harassment by emailing, phoning writing or visiting us at one of our offices. Our contact details are shown below. We can and will help you.
If the situation is serious or potentially dangerous, you should always report it to the police straight away by calling 999.
We will treat all reports of harassment confidentially in line with our data protection policy. Interviews and conversations with residents about personal and sensitive matters will be carried out in private.
We reserve the right to make a referral to social services or to the police without the permission of the complainant where the situation justifies it for example where a child or vulnerable adult is at risk.
We take the safety and perception of safety, of victims and witnesses seriously. Where appropriate, we will work with the police or local council to provide additional safety measures and support, and refer victims to specialised victim support services.