We appreciate that sometimes some people can make living in an area difficult for others. And we're here to support you when there are issues in your neighbourhood.
We believe you have the right to live peacefully in your home and that antisocial behaviour is not acceptable.
So we are committed to making sure our neighbourhoods are peaceful, safe and secure places to live and will work with you and other agencies to stamp out behaviour that is serious and persistent.
We will take appropriate and prompt action within our powers when dealing with disruptive tenants and other people causing a nuisance in our communities.
Antisocial behaviour (ASB) is something that causes – or is likely to cause – nuisance or annoyance to other people.
It can be very wide-ranging and can seriously affect people’s lives.
Our dedicated antisocial behaviour and safeguarding team will be on hand to work with you and your housing officers to find a peaceful outcome to all ASB issues.
- Excessive noise
- Verbal abuse, harassment or intimidation, such as shouting or swearing
- Drug use near where you live
- Damage to property, including graffiti (criminal damage should be reported to the police)
- Dropping rubbish or fly-tipping
- Being drunk and rowdy in public
- Children playing considerately
- Neighbour disputes without breaches of tenancy
- Parking disputes (vehicles causing an obstruction or blocking access are dealt with by the police, while vehicles parked on single and double yellow lines are dealt with by your local council)
- Everyday noise (the law states that people should tolerate a ‘reasonable’ amount of noise caused by people living their normal lives. We sometimes receive complaints about banging doors and late-night arrivals and departures – these are not classed as noise nuisances)
How can we help?
Our antisocial behaviour policy outlines what we class as antisocial behaviour and goes through the ways we tackle it in the community.
Most things can usually be worked through by talking, and we can help with this. But when persistent issues come up, we’ll work with our partner agencies to tackle the behaviour and take action if necessary.
In many cases, early intervention resolves the issues.
We work very closely with agencies across Doncaster including the police and the City of Doncaster Council to make sure your neighbourhood is as safe as possible.
There may be some instances where the antisocial behaviour is more serious than anything we can deal with alone.
In these cases, we have great and close relationships with the police to be able to work out the best possible outcomes to any reports of criminal activities.
If you do need to report any criminal and illegal activity then please make sure you are reporting this to the police in the first instance. We will then work with the appropriate authorities.
We also have a dedicated safeguarding team who can support people who are vulnerable or at risk of being vulnerable to any safeguarding concerns.
A hate crime is defined as any criminal offence which is perceived by someone to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s:
- Sexual orientation
If you are a victim of, or a witness to, a hate crime, please report it to the police or contact Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625.
Mate crime is defined as a crime where someone becomes friends with a vulnerable person to try and exploit them financially, physically or sexually.
If you believe that someone is being exploited, please contact the police.
Domestic abuse can come in many forms from the people we know, including:
- Physical and sexual violence
- Living in fear of further violence
- Threats of violence or harming children
- Breaking objects, hurting pets and using abusive language
- Isolating an individual from family and friends
- Controlling behaviour, such as access to money or depriving a person of their independence
- Coercive behaviour, such as frightening, humiliating or intimidating someone.
If you think you – or someone you know – are a victim of domestic abuse, we will investigate in a sensitive way.
We will support you and ensure confidentiality at all times, work in partnership with relevant agencies and take appropriate action if necessary.
You may also find support yourself from agencies like: