Stalking and harassment affects millions of people in the UK. Investigations relating to stalking and harassment can be linked to some of the most serious crimes the police can deal with, including murder, sexual offences and domestic abuse. The impact of stalking and harassment on victims, families and communities can be devastating.
Changes to the Protection from Harassment Act now means there are specific offences for both stalking and for stalking that causes a fear of violence or serious distress.
What is Stalking?
Stalking can be defined as persistent and unwanted attention from an individual or a group where the victim feels pestered and harassed. It can have an adverse effect on the victim’s day to day activity very often causing them to lose time from work or school or becoming withdrawn.
The behaviour can present itself in many ways:
- Phone calls
- Messages on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter
- Text messages
- Being watched or followed
You can download information about how to stay safe.