Stalking

 
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Stalking is a type of harassment. This can include persistent and unwanted attention that causes someone to feel pestered and harassed.

 

 

 

Stalking generally describes a long term pattern of persistent and repeated behaviour. It occurs between all different relationships - the most common reports relate to ex-partners and/or acquaintances or and could be:

  • Repeated attempts to impose unwanted communications
  • Contacts on another in a way that could be expected to cause distress or fear in any reasonable person.

 

To Report Concerns
We are committed to looking into reports of stalking and will take all reports seriously. 
 Please contact the police on 101
Remember: in an emergency call 999.

 

On the 25 November 2012 two new stalking offences were added to the Protection of Harassment Act 1997. 'Stalking’ and 'Stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress’.


 
What are the types of stalking?

At first things can appear frustrating but not alarming or troubling. When looking at all the incidents together patterns can be found as well as realising the number of times things have happened. This may include:

 

Unwanted communications may include:

  • telephone calls
  • letters
  • emails
  • faxes
  • text messages
  • messages on social networking sites
  • graffiti 
  • sending or leaving unsolicited gifts.

 

 

Unwanted intrusions include following:

  • waiting for
  • spying on
  • approaching and going to a person's home.

  

A stalker may also:

  •  order or cancel goods
  • order or cancel services
  • make complaints (to legitimate bodies)
  • damage property
  • follow and try to talk to you online (known as cyberstalking)

 

Please click here for more information on cyberstalking.


  

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Practical Steps to Reduce Risk

The information listed below will provide with you with information on how to protect yourself from stalking either online or in person.

If you fear you are being stalked:

  • Tighten up security at home, to and from home, and at work. 
  • Change the locks to your home and if you can
  • Install a burglar alarm or camera.
  • Vary your daily routine if walking or driving to work or other places.
  • Be careful when giving out personal details
    • when on the phone
    • dealing with credit card services
    • social networking sites 
    • people you meet.
  •  Tell people what is happening to you, particularly at work and at home.

 


 

Support for victims:

  • National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300
  • Network for Surviving Stalking 07501 752741
  • Protection Against Stalking
  • Victim Support Service 0845 303 0900
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 2000 247.

 

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National Stalking Helpline Leaflet.