When you think of harassment, you might think of a stranger sending you threatening messages online. But what if the person harassing you is someone you know? Family members, relatives, or friends who are harassing you online may be vulnerable to criminal charges.
Yes, quite possible. There are a vast number of reasons that family members can harass each other. This is a serious issue, and if you or someone you know is being harassed or you feel that you may be in danger, please seek professional help. Harassment does occur in family relations. One way that harassment can occur is by family members sending unwanted text messages, making unwanted social media communications, phone calls and texting or posting and sending inappropriate messages.
Harassment does occur in family relations. One way that harassment can occur is by family members sending unwanted text messages, making unwanted social media communications, phone calls and texting or posting and sending inappropriate messages. Online family harassment is a serious issue. It can include harassment of family members online, as well as the harassment of family members by people online. This can include posting offensive or threatening comments about a family member online, sending offensive or threatening emails or messages to a family member, or even making fake profiles or websites that target a family member.
Harassment is a criminal offense in many jurisdictions, and the penalties can be severe. If you are being harassed by someone you know, and more specifically by a family member, you should document their behaviour and consider talking to a lawyer. You may also want to contact the police if the harassment is severe. If you are being harassed online, know that you are not alone. There are many people who have experienced the same thing and there are ways to fight back.
Yes. There are circumstances where a parent can harass their child. For example, when a divorce occurs in a family, it sometimes leads children to distance themselves from one parent. This can cause the other parent to try to communicate with their children persistently online, which may constitute harassment.
Additionally, family disruptions can also occur when finances are involved. There are also those situations of family disruption where different members of the family are organised into camps where one camp might be using Facebook or another social media to harass other members of the family, in relation to whom they might feel aggrieved.
If you are the victim of online harassment by members of your family, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and hold the offending party accountable. First, take screenshots or printouts of any harassing messages or content directed at you. This will serve as evidence if you need to take legal action or pursue other remedies.
Next, try to resolve the issue with the family member directly, if possible. If that is not an option or if the harassment persists, you can contact a lawyer or file a police report. Harassment can be a serious matter, so it is important to take steps to protect yourself and seek help if necessary. Do not hesitate to reach out to professionals if you are feeling overwhelmed or unsafe
It is not always the case that to stop online harassment between family members that a person should seek a court order or an injunction. In some cases, it may be more effective to talk to the family member directly or to take measures to block the family member from being able to contact the person online or to facilitate a conversation and a solution to the issue of harassment, through a solicitor.
If the harassment occurs on social media, blocking the harassing family members is not going to help your situation very much. In such cases, consider seeking legal advice as often an approach by a specialist harassment lawyer is likely to be effective in stopping the harassment.
In any event, if your direct approach to the harasser has been fruitless, you should not continue to approach them or engage with them in any way. A lawyer could act as an intermediary who has your best interest at heart.
We often advise our clients who are facing online harassment in a family setting, to take a less aggressive approach at first, and to attempt to resolve the issue without resorting to extreme measures, where possible. However, we understand that sometimes this is not possible and that our clients may need to take more drastic measures to protect themselves and their families.
If you are being harassed online by a family member, we recommend that you first take a step back and do not engage with the person or people who are instigating the harassment. This can help to de-escalate the situation and avoid further escalation.
When online harassment involves family members, each case is different and requires careful consideration before taking action. Decisions made in these situations should be done with caution to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Some people may feel reluctant or guilty to seek legal advice in relation to online harassment they might be experiencing within their family. They may fear matters escalating and putting themselves at more risk of harm. Some victims may also fear that their case won’t be taken seriously by authorities and that they won’t be able to get the help they need.
From a legal standpoint, the identity of the individual or the circumstances surrounding the online harassment case are irrelevant. If you feel as though you are being harassed, violated, and victimised online, the behaviour is just as unlawful, regardless of whether it is coming from a family member.
The bottom line is that no one has the right to make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in your own online space, and if you are experiencing this type of behaviour, you should not hesitate to seek legal help. If you speak with one of our experienced online harassment lawyers about your case, we will keep the matter confidential from other members of your family.
We will also give you sound legal advice to ensure that you no longer have to deal with online harassment on your own.