CASE STUDY 3

The Vulnerable Person’s Champion (VPC) received a self referral from a resident of the district, stating that they were the victim of on-going anti-social behaviour, harassment and stalking from a nearby neighbour. The issues, which had been present for a period of six months, were escalating and had resulted in them feeling intimidated, anxious and unable to live their life in a normal manner. As the severity and frequency of the incidents were increasing, the victims’ work and health were becoming adversely affected and they no longer felt safe to have their grandchildren visit their property.

Following a lengthy home visit, the VPC recommended a number of options which were hoped would alleviate their concerns.

Firstly, the victim expressed a strong desire to improve the security of their property and so to facilitate this, a visit from a crime prevention officer was arranged by the VPC. Following this, a home security grant was agreed which resulted in CCTV and additional security measures being fitted to their property. The victim stated that this was a huge step in helping to allay their concerns.

Whilst this process was ongoing, the VPC explored the option of mediation between the two parties. Unfortunately, this was not viable in this particular situation due to the actions and behaviour of the alleged perpetrator. As a result, and in an attempt to abate the issues at source, the VPC requested that a Police officer visit both properties to gain a better understanding of the case, whilst potentially utilising legal tools and powers against the alleged perpetrator.

It was at this point when it became apparent that the alleged perpetrator was in fact living with poor mental health and needed medical help and support rather than criminalisation. Consequently, they were referred to Park House and a practitioner now assists with treating, controlling and monitoring their condition.

Following the work of the VPC and partner agencies, the victim feels far safer and stated that their life is returning to normal again. Meanwhile, the second party is happy to be in receipt of the treatment that they required and the issues are reducing rapidly in terms of both frequency and severity. Also, and crucially, due to the second party consenting for their diagnosis to be shared with the victim, when issues do occur, the victim understands the cause of the behaviour and therefore no longer perceives the incidents to be threatening or intimidating. They also inform the practitioner to enable swift care and assistance to
be provided.

The VPC continues to monitor the case.

 

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