My Wife and I were up in court last week as witnesses against our neighbour. In May this year, after over a year of harrasment of him including music, partying and shouting until 4 and 5 in the morning almost every night, he was arrested after assaulting my Wife. I wont go into the details but I am pretty sure most people would have not enjoyed what he has said to us and put us through He resisted arrest and it took four officers to get him to the station. They had masses of evidence to prove just how much hell he had caused us since he moved in and were confident that something would be done about it when he went to court.....but it wasn't. The case was dismissed. Why? Because after a few months of all the noise and stress he found out where I worked and he has used that ever since. And he used it to get away with making our lives hell when he was in court. I work for West Yorkshire Probation and our neighbour has a record on file with us for a number of things. He was more than happy to scream in my face one day, because we had complained about the noise, about what he had done and say that he would do it again. He said' You work for the Probation service so you work for ME!' So, when we went to court last week, I was accused of using my position to gain access to his details and then spread those details amongst our neighbours to try and get him to move. They said that I had done this as I did not want someone like him living next door to me and I was stopping him from his rehabilitation and attempt to re intigrate himself back into society. Now I hear this every day at work...that we are working to help offenders rehabilitate and not to punish them. That we are helping them become active and usefull members of sociecty and must help them to do this. I am now considering leaving my job (in only work in the IT department and am not a probation officer) as I feel I am working for a system that has helped to make our lives worse. How can this sort of thing happen? Why does the system seem to work so much better for offenders than it does victims? I think the support groups that are avialable highlight this the best. For victims there is one volunteer based supprt group based in courts to help people who are giving evidence...for offenders there are 24 and they are privatly or Government funded.