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Communtity Law Manual | Harassment & bullying | Using a phone to harass you

Going to the police: When the criminal law can help with harassment

Using a phone to harass you

Telecommunications Act 2001, s 112

It’s a criminal offence for someone to use a phone to disturb, annoy or irritate you, if their intention was to offend you. It’s also an offence to use “profane, indecent, or obscene” language over a phone, or to suggest something that’s profane, indecent or obscene, if this is done with the intention of offending you.

The person can be jailed for up to three months or fined up to $2,000.

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