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Harassment Cease and Desist Letter Template

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Harassment Cease and Desist Letter Template

Updated June 23, 2023

A harassment cease and desist letter is intended to report personal attacks, sexual jokes or insults, or false accusations that have been made by another individual. This letter is used commonly in employment environments as well as social networks when a person is engaged in “trolling” or intimidating tactics that cause emotional or physical harm.

For Debt Collectors

Use the Debt Collection Cease and Desist Letter as it mentions the required language in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act that requires them to stop contacting the debtor, specifically by phone.

For Employers/Co-Workers (sexual or personal harassment)

If this letter is to be used within a company or organization, it should be sent to the individual conducting the harassment as well as any manager to inform them of what is taking place in the workplace.

For Online Harassment

The letter should be sent to the username’s inbox or any available e-mail that is on file with the individual. If available, the social network should be notified in an effort to have the person removed from the website or application.


For more serious harassment cases, this letter should be sent via certified mail (return receipt) so the sender has physical evidence that the recipient received it. Afterward, if the harassment continues, the victim may be able to file a case on the grounds that the individual conducting the inappropriate behavior was previously notified of their actions.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in PDF, Microsoft Word (.docx), or Open Document Text (.odt).

Step 2 – The name of the letter writer must be identified in the first field as will their address. The date of the letter should be supplied as well.

Step 3 – The addressee’s name can take up the first field. Examples of the type of harassment the victim has faced must be provided.

Step 4 – Written assurance must come from the harasser after they’ve received the letter. The amount of time they have to respond must be entered in the final available fillable field.

Step 5 – The victim of the harassment, or the representative thereof, must sign on the appropriate line.