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Criminal harassment is not new, but recognition of it as a distinct criminal behaviour is relatively recent.
However, the offence is not restricted to domestic violence and applies equally to all victims of criminal harassment.
Section 264 was amended, effective May 1997, to make the commission of an offence of criminal harassment in violation of a protective court order an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes, and effective July 23, 2002, to double the maximum sentence for the offence of criminal harassment to 10 years’ imprisonment for an indictable offence.
Also effective in May 1997, murder committed in the course of criminally harassing the victim, was added to the list of conduct in section 231 classified as first degree murder, irrespective of whether it was planned and deliberate.
A number of other sections of the Such an increase is not uncommon following the introduction of a new law.
Criminal harassment, which includes "stalking," is a crime.
It is intended to be a starting point for police and Crowns.
264(1) No person shall, without lawful authority and knowing that another person is harassed or recklessly as to whether the other person is harassed, engage in conduct referred to in subsection (2) that causes that other person reasonably, in all the circumstances, to fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them.