Keeping a written record is important – when you are facing behaviour that is causing alarm or distress, especially if it is harassment (continuous behaviour over a period of time), you might forget exactly how everything occurred on the day.
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Having a written record means you always have the facts as they happened to you. Try to include dates and times and as much detail as possible. You should include:
- What happened?
- What was said?
- Who was involved? (If you don’t know, you can describe their appearance)
- Where did it happen?
- Were there any other witnesses?
- What was the impact on you? How did this situation make you feel?
- Any reporting details given to you – for example, the reference number for the incident or date you reported it to the police.