Can You Sue In Small Claims Court For Harassment?

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Tess Langley answered
It is indeed possible to sue for harassment in a small claims court, however proving you are being harassed and getting the claim accepted can be very difficult and costly. Many may prefer to simply go to the police and explain they are being harassed by a certain person. Then if the evidence is there the police may well give the accused a restraining order which means they are not allowed to approach you or have to stay a certain distance from you. Asking for a restraining order will not cost you any money, and although you don't receive any money like you could do if you successfully sued, the process of getting the order is usually a lot quicker than a case at the small claims court would be.

Harassment can be a very serious crime and cause major damage to a person's mental state if they are feeling trapped in their own home as they don't want to leave the house in fear of the person who is harassing them finding them. Harassment can also unfortunately be a sign of more serious crimes to come. When some relationships break down and one of the partners does not want it to end they can become rather possessive. What starts out as constant harassment can end up being as serious as murder if the person is not stopped soon enough.

Before suing for harassment, or telling the police, it could well be worth telling the person exactly how you feel and that you believe they are harassing you and that they need to stop or you will report them. On some occasions this may be all they need to realize what they are doing and the trouble they could be in. However, if you feel they won't listen or you don't wish to talk to them at all then contacting the police would be the best policy.
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Hello Boss answered
You would have to show and be able to prove, actual damages caused by the action.
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butterfly cathy
butterfly cathy commented
Yes you can sue for harassment, if you can prove it damage your life, lost your job for example, the harassment has to be wrong about you...and caused hardship.
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JuliAnne/ Genuine Guidance Profile
Harassment is pretty hard to prove.
Who is harassing you, and why?
Is it someone whom you owe money to? Is it an ex? If it is an ex or a former friend, have you taken steps to get a restraining order on them? Have you got documented proof such as police reports, them on video or the phone, texts, email etc perpetrating this harassment?

You really have to have your ducks in a row if you want to win anything when it comes to harassment.
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Anonymous
Anonymous commented
What if I owe them money and we already went to court. I won the case and the judge told them once I get any kind of money I'll pay them back but I made attempt to keep them inform. I even told them I filed my tax and also told them I'll start paying them every month. Well I guess they want the whole thing and now their harrasing me and threating me. Can I file a restraining order and I'll mail in payments?? Pls help!!
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Cecelia Marble answered
It depends on what state you live in.You might want to locate Legal Aid in your area and consult with them.
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Anonymous answered
If you email a friend who has been having an affair with our spouse and tell her how this has effected you with her betrayal is that harassment? I did not threaten or attack her
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nettie answered
Yes if it is for money you need proof of the amount, etc......good luck
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NASSY NASCARNUT answered
Wrong court lovie...you may sue for such cause only in civil court.  Good luck...‚ô•nassy
Please rate my answer...thanks!
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My boyfriend cheated and had a child by another woman.  I just found out about it a few months ago that this child is 5 years old.  He has crossed the line on this and is now my ex-boyfriend.  The court  has been sending notices to our house (my mother and I) now from 4  different departments and we keep sending them back return to sender, does not live here.  His sister has called asking where he is (what nerve) because he didn't show up for the paternity court date, and the childs mother obviously let her know this.  Obviously she doesn't care about anything or how I'm supposed to feel.  What if I never found out about this until she called me?  The sister relayed to me that the child's mother who gave her the father's name and she is threatening to change it.  She asked where he was and to do this for her and her mother.  Obviously they don't care about how I'm supposed to feel and I've been with him for years.  I told his sister her I could care less what the situation was.  The child's mother keeps insisting to the court that he lives at our house when he hasn't lived here in years.

His sister emailed me with some regular email type stuff and I let her have it on just how I felt about her, her mother, the child and the child's mother.   Now the child's mother has called my mother's telephone but didn't leave a message.  What can we do to stop this?  Is this harassment?
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Anonymous answered
You can try but do you want to pay the court fees for something that you should just leave to the law
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Anonymous answered
My boyfriend broke up with me and now his girlfriend is harassing me and now she telling me she going to sue me can she do that??

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