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Stalking And Harassment

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
  • Threats

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

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