What Is Stalking?
Stalking involves a person becomes fixated or obsessed with another.
Stalking is a pattern of persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel pestered, scared, anxious or harassed. Some examples of stalking are:
- Regularly giving unwanted gifts
- Making unwanted communication
- Damaging property
- Repeatedly following you or spying on you
Taken in isolation, some of the behaviors may seem like small acts, but together they make up a consistent pattern of behavior that is frightening and upsetting. It’s important to know that stalking is a criminal offence and because of this, if you go to the police they will take it seriously.
For more information and research on Stalking visit https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/stalking/ at the Women’s Aid website
Useful help and advice
Paladin, the National Stalking Advisory Service has the following advice:
- Trust yourself and your instincts
- Report it as early as possible to the police and tell others what is happening
- Get advice from Paladin or the Suzy Lamplugh Trust
- Keep evidence of what’s happening, try writing a diary
If you need help:
- Call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust
- Call Paladin, the National Stalking Advisory Service on 020 3866 4107