Anti-social behaviour is a varied term that is used to describe the daily incidents of crime, nuisances and disorder that can make many people’s lives a misery this can vary from littering and vandalism to public drunkenness or aggressive dogs, to noisy or abusive neighbours.
With a wide range of behaviours this means that the responsibility for dealing with anti-social behaviour is shared between different agencies like the police, councils and social landlords. The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 includes new measures which are designed to give victims and communities a say in the way anti-social behaviour is dealt with:-
- The Community Trigger gives victims the ability to demand action, starting with a review of their case, where the threshold is met.
Victims will be able to use Community Trigger to demand a review of their case. The agencies involved will have to undertake a case review when a victim requests one and then also when the case meets the threshold.
The Community Trigger can be also used on behalf of a victim for example a family member, friend, carer or neighbour. This makes sure that all victims are able to get the help they need, Even if they don’t think they need it. If someone has applied for a Community Trigger the victim’s behalf the victim should give their consent.
The community Trigger can be applied for by a person of any age and agencies should make it accessible for all victims.