24 Apr 2017
This year’s theme is “Stalking Matters” and is led by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust and will be focusing on the motivations of perpetrators; the obsession and fixation behind their behaviours. Recognising that those seemingly benign or inconsequential actions can cause serious distress in victims and can, in the worst of cases, have very serious risk attached.
Investigations relating to stalking can be linked to some of the most serious crimes that the police deal with including murder, sexual offences and domestic abuse. The impact of harassment on victims, families and communities can be devastating.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Slevin said
"Anyone who has ever been stalked and/or suffered harassment knows the devastating effect it has upon feelings of safety, self-confidence, self-esteem etc. Research shows that stalking not only affects the victim but also to people connected to the victim.
Stalking is against the Law in the UK. The police can take action if you are being stalked.There does not have to be any direct threats of violence to have happened before police can act. Stalking can and does take place online.
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.
Nobody has the right to harass you or stalk you and the Police and courts can take action against anyone who is doing such a thing. Don’t suffer in silence – Report it.”
To get help and advice please contact your local police on 101 or The National Stalking and Harassment Helpline on 0808 802 0300
To find out more please follow below links
The law to protect people from stalking in England and Wales is the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. It was amended in November 2012 to include ‘stalking’