Norfolk Community Safety Partnership shows support for ASB Awareness Week 2023
Norfolk Community Safety Partnership has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and keep people in Norfolk safe.
Running from 3rd to 9th July, ASB Awareness Week 2023 aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it. The theme for 2023 is ‘Know Your Rights’, with a particular focus on the relaunched ASB Case Review (formerly Community Trigger) - a powerful tool for victims of ASB that only 6% of people know about. Find out more here: ASB Case Review process for anti-social behaviour issues
Organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, the week features a series of events across Norfolk involving the local councils, the police, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs. Events include community surgeries, litter picks, partnership patrols, training and community engagement events.
Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve found that almost 1 in 5 people have had to consider moving home because of the impact ASB was having on them; 1 in 10 have actually moved. Despite this, over half of those surveyed who were either a victim or witness of ASB did not report the ASB.
Norfolk Community Safety Partnership is urging members of the public not to suffer in silence if they experience ASB. Incidents can be reported to the anti-social behaviour team at your local council, your housing provider (if applicable) or to the police via their online reporting mechanism or you can report by calling 101. If people feel that they are at immediate risk or in danger, always dial 999. You can also contact independent charity ASB Help: www.asbhelp.co.uk/how-to-report-anti-social-behaviour or Norfolk & Suffolk Victim Care: www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/request-support
Mark Stokes, Chair of the Norfolk Community Safety Partnership, which holds the governance for the ASB Case Review process said: “ASB Awareness Week sees the relaunch of the ASB Case Review, which gives victims of persistent anti-social behaviour reported to any of the main responsible agencies (such as council, police, health service or housing provider) the right to request a multi-agency case review where a local threshold is met. We hope that by raising awareness of how to report ASB, it will give victims the confidence to come forwards and where appropriate, use this tool.”
Rebecca Bryant OBE, Chief Executive of Resolve added: “ASB is not low-level. It can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime. It is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs so that people everywhere feel safe in their homes and communities.
“We are delighted that the Norfolk Community Safety Partnership is supporting this hugely important campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.”
For more information about ASB Awareness Week visit www.resolveuk.org.uk