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 a person becomes fixated or obsessed with another. 

Stalking is a devastating crime and its impact can result in major life changes for the victim, 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 and PTSD
  • Potential physical injuries

Safety Advice

  • Consider carrying a personal alarm / body camera
  • Turn your phone into a GPS alarm - download safety apps such as Hollie guard, Bright Sky and set up the buddy alert with safe friends and family who can track your location in an emergency
  • Vary your daily routine and take different routes to and from work 
  • Park in well lit areas near the public, or near CCTV. Always park facing an exit for a clear, quick get away
  • If you are being followed head for a place of safety e.g. Police Station, public areas, 24 hour supermarkets, petrol stations that have CCTV
  • Keep to areas in view of the public that are not isolated. Keep your phone in your hand and activate your safety app 
  • Review your privacy settings on all social media, and encourage friends and family to do the same
  • Review your online presence by typing your name on search engines to see what information is available to the public
  • Change email, social media and bank account passwords regularly, and ensure answers to security questions cannot be guessed

Finding Support

Enquiries & Agency referral forms can be obtained by emailing

Self-referrals can be made by calling the Stalking helpline numbers:

  • Women's Helpline - 01159 476490
  • Men's Helpline - 01159 605556
  • 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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 1, 2020