Abuse, Scams & Harassment Investigations

Drugs, Alcohol & Psychological Abuse Investigations

Are you concerned your spouse, partner, family member, or employee is consuming excessive alcohol, taking drugs, or using illegal substances? We can help.

Substance abuse, including drugs and alcohol, is known to be a foundation for anti-social behaviour. Are you or someone you know a victim of physical or psychological abuse? Let us help, we have the resources to mitigate any risk to the safety and well-being of employees, family members, or any person at risk.

Addictions usually begin as harmless activities that people learn in innocent settings or situations. For example, you and your spouse occasionally go out for drinks together or with friends – primarily for socialising. You may have gone on a weekend holiday to a casino and experienced beginner’s luck in a game of baccarat.

Unfortunately, some people develop addictions to the feel-good sensation they’ve associated with alcohol or gambling to the extent that their career and personal lives get threatened. If you’re worried about something that needs looking into, don’t wait until it’s too late.

Together, alcohol and gambling addiction are a dangerous combination that can be major sources of trust issues and strife, especially at home and in the workplace. Alcohol addiction and gambling addiction can destroy even the most loving relationships, including marriage and family. These addictions can also ruin friendships, careers, business relationships and lead to severe mental, physical and financial stress and deterioration.

Online Bullying and Harassment

Private investigators are often able to identify offenders even when this individual is someone who is anonymous and avoid detection behind a computer screen. Cyberbullying and online harassment have increased over the past decade. We investigate cyber (internet) bullying and physical harassment, which could be affecting you or someone you know. 

What Is Cyber Bullying?

Cyberbullying is using electronic technology to harass, threaten, target or embarrass another person. The cyber aspect means that the perpetrator uses some type of electronic device in order to conduct the bullying, usually remaining anonymous.

This technology may consist of using a computer, tablet or cell phone, in most cases. It may involve using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. It may also include receiving direct text messages. Some cyberbullies bully others in chat rooms and on certain websites.

Who Does Online Bullying Concern?

The victim and the offender may be young person. However, in some instances, an adult may be involved, such as if an adult is using his or her own child’s social media profile to embarrass or humiliate a peer.

What Is the Legal Definition of Cyber Bullying?

Cyberbullying is defined specifically in law. This law would contain the specific elements associated with any type of crime or tort related to cyber-bullying. However, this term generally implies some type of posting of rumors or gossip about another person on the internet. In other instances, cyber-bullying may consist of posting humiliating information about the victim that is meant to defame him or her.

Is Cyber Bullying a Crime?

Cyberbullying is a crime. When the acts that make up the harassment become even more pronounced, it is more likely that the behavior will introduce additional criminal charges.

Why Does Cyber Bullying Occur?

Bullying has existed for many years. Researchers often cite reasons that bullies act in this way, ranging from anything from being abused at home to lacking self-confidence to wanting to exert control. These same causes may also trigger cyberbullying.

However, what makes cyberbullying more unique and more common than aggressive physical bullying at school is that many times a bully can post comments or insult another person without having to reveal his or her identity. This makes it easier for the bully to target someone without fear of being found out and punished. Additionally, the internet allows the bully to say things behind a veil of anonymity that he or she might never say in person.

How Often Does Cyber Bullying Occur?

With each passing year, cyberbullying becomes more common. As technology changes and develops, there are new types of communication and new ways to bully someone. Recent studies indicate that one out of four teens has been victimised through cyberbullying. These studies also show that one out of six teens admitted to cyberbullying someone else. However, it is believed that many instances of cyberbullying go unreported to parents or school personnel, so these estimates may be underreported.

What Are the Negative Effects of Cyber Bullying?

Young people who are bullied may suffer from a number of negative effects. Young people who are victims of cyberbullying may be more likely to skip school in order to avoid the bullying or the bully. Additionally, they may be more likely to be confronted by a physical bully.

They may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as consuming alcohol or drugs. Their concentration may be impaired at school causing them to suffer from lower performance. Their health may start to decline and they very often have lower self-esteem due to the bullying. They may withdraw from family members, friends, and activities. They may also experience changes in their mood, behavior, sleep patterns, or appetite.

Legal Remedies

If cyberbullying is occurring, there may be legal remedies available to address the problem. In states where the actions constitute a crime, the parents may wish to contact Police and make a complaint. Civil action can also be carried out on cyberbullying, harassment, defamation, and similar causes of action.

Learning about Bullying

If a parent suspects that his or her child may be a victim of cyberbullying, it is important for him or her to learn as much about the bullying as possible in order to share this information with legal professionals and the private investigator. Parents should strive to keep the lines of communication open and ensure that their child knows that the bullying is not their fault. They may wish to show empathy to their child by discussing bullying that they experienced in their own life.

The parent may also want to advise their child to report any instances of bullying so that there is a record of the school or other entity being made aware of the problem. The more the parent knows about the bullying, the more information he or she can provide to the private investigator.

How our private investigators can help

A private investigator can conduct an investigation in order to identify the bully. This can help in a civil case against the bully and his or her parents as well as aid in a criminal investigation.

A private investigator can also obtain evidence that proves that the bullying is occurring and can extract this evidence from social media posts, text messages, emails, pictures, and other forms of communication that can later be used as proof of bullying in a civil or criminal case.