What is stalking?
Stalking is a pattern of repeated, persistent and unwanted behaviour that is invasive and can generate fear. Stalkers can be male or female. Stalking occurs when the person becomes fixated and obsessed with another. Stalking is a devastating crime and its impact can result in major life changes, for example:
- Living in constant fear
- Invasion of privacy
- Threats of violence
- Loss of employment
- Having to move
- Isolation, unable to go out
- Depression, Anxiety & PTSD
- Potential physical injuries
What is non-domestic abuse-related stalking?
Non-domestic abuse-related stalking is where a victim is being stalked but has not been in a relationship with the stalker.
What the Stalking Advocacy Service can do for you
If you are experiencing stalking then the Stalking Advocacy Service can:
- Assess risk
- Create a bespoke safety plan
- Identify and support your needs and wishes
- Support with reporting to the police
- Support with civil legal interventions
- Signpost to solicitors
- Support with housing applications
- Discuss/identify your options
- Provide emotional support and refer to counselling services
- Advocate with other agencies
It is important to gather evidence and document what is happening, you can do this by:
- Keep a diary/log include dates, time, location, and the personal impact it has had on you
- Screenshot text messages, save emails, keep postage details of unwanted gifts
You can take immediate action if you are being stalked by calling the police on 101 (non-emergency) or 999 if you are in immediate danger. You can self-refer to the Stalking Advocacy Service for support, advice, and safety planning by calling Juno's Stalking Advisory Service 0115 947 6490 or Equation's Helpline for men 0115 960 5556.
Last Updated on Thursday, September 7, 2023