Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted behaviour that causes you to feel distressed or scared. It is a psychological as well as a physical crime.
It can be perpetrated by men or women. Stalking can consist of any type of behaviour, and is not necessarily violent. If the behaviour is persistent and clearly unwanted, causing you fear, harassment or anxiety then it is stalking and you should not have to live with it.
Stalking is not always carried out by a stranger, around 7 out of 10 victims know the perpetrator. Anyone, young or old, male or female, can become a victim of stalking.
In January 2020 Stalking Protection Orders (SPO) came into place. The Police are now able to apply to magistrates for a Stalking Protection Order and courts also have the power to impose an interim Stalking Protection Order to provide immediate protection for a victim while a decision is being made. The order will usually remain in place for two years and those who breach the order could end up imprisoned for five years. The introduction of the Stalking Protection Orders seeks to provide thorough and appropriate protection for victims “at the earliest opportunity” and takes the onus off the victim as it is the police who will apply for the order.
Personal Safety - Suzy Lamplugh Trust
It is important for everyone to be aware of how they can ensure their own personal safety, and this issue may be of particular concern to you if you are being harassed or stalked.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust (opens in a new window) are specialists in the field of personal safety. They work to raise awareness of the importance of personal safety and to provide solutions that effect change in order to help people to avoid violence and aggression and live safer, more confident lives.
Their website has tips for how to stay safe during a number of everyday activities such as exercising, walking on the street, parking your car and using public transport. You can find these tips and other practical advice about staying safe by visiting Suzy Lamplugh Trust website (opens in a new window).
National Stalking Helpline
Guidance and information to anybody who is currently or has previously been affected by harassment or stalking.
National stalking advocacy service. Ensuring high risk victims of stalking are kept safe.