Bullying and Cyberbullying

 There is no legal definition of bullying, but it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability. 

Whilst bullying may be more commonly experienced by younger people, it can occur at any age throughout your life. It can have a huge impact on your self esteem, confidence and general mental health, which can make you feel isolated and that you are on your own.

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place online, using social networks, games and mobile phones. Unlike bullying in the real world, online bullying can follow you wherever you go.

Bullying  and Cyberbullying can happen anywhere and can take many forms including:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name calling

If the bullying is motivated by hostility on grounds of disability / mental health; race, ethnicity or nationality; religion or belief; sexual orientation or transgender identity; age; or gender it may be a hate crime. 

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If you report a crime to Staffordshire Police, they will ask you if you are happy for your details to be passed on to the Staffordshire Victim Gateway and Restorative Justice Service. We will automatically receive your contact information and a brief overview of your experience and the crime, if you don’t specify to Staffordshire Police that you don’t want us to make contact with you. If you initially opted out of the service, you can self-refer at any time.

We can provide you with advice, information & emotional and practical support. We can liaise and advocate on your behalf, and introduce and support you to specialist services, who can help you gain the relevant support that can help in your recovery. We will be with you every step of the way. Our support is free and confidential, regardless of whether you have reported a crime or incident to the police, we are here to support you.

Please call us on the number below. You can also email us or click the ‘Contact Us’ button to self-refer:

 0330 0881 339


Crime Prevention Information

Additionally, it may also be useful for you to have advice on crime prevention that may help you to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here:  https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/crimeprevention

Crime Prevention


If you are aged 19 or under – ChildLine offers free, confidential advice and support 24/7


An anti-bullying charity that runs a telephone advice line for parents and carers / Assertiveness training courses for young people who’ve been bullied.

Bullying UK

For information on bullying & cyberbullying

National Bullying Helpline

Information & advice for adult & children affected by bullying


Charity supporting 3 – 18 year olds. National training resource for children, parents and schools

Is it an emergency?

If you are in immediate danger and support is needed right away, call Staffordshire Police on 999.  If you feel it is a non-emergency, you can log incidents that have happened by calling Staffordshire Police on 101. if you have a hearing impairment, you can use their textphone service on 18001 101

7 in 10 people who use our Victim Gateway service are happy with the outcome.

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