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Victim services

Stalking: advice for victims

A man stands on a rooftop terrace. He looks at his phone with a concerned look on his face. A town or city can be seen in the background.

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