Stalking is repeated, unwanted behaviour that makes you feel distressed or scared. It can include anything from non-stop calls or creepy letters, gifts and social media abuse. It can be with or without violence or intimidation and has a huge emotional impact on its victims.
1/6 women and 1/12 men will experience stalking in their adult life.
What can you do?
- Don’t engage: trying to reason with the stalker may make the situation worse.
- Tell people: speak to neighbours and colleagues who may be able to help you collect evidence.
- Keep a diary: include times, dates, locations, what happened, any vehicle details, and how it made you feel.
- Trust your instincts: if something doesn’t feel right, tell somebody about it.
- Don’t suffer in silence: you can call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300
Stalking and the police
To report the police you can do one of two things: either attend your local police station or ring non-emergency number 101. If you’re in immediate danger at any time then call 999.
Remember: You can contact your local victim care team, who can help you even if you haven’t reported the crime. For further information you can also visit: www.suzylamplugh.org