Stalking and Harassment
Stalking is criminal behaviour that is distressing and malicious - it’s something no one should have to put up with. It is against the law to stalk or harass someone, under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
If you feel you’re being harassed, report it. You’ll be supported by officers who will recognise that it may have been a big decision for you to come forward.
Be assured that we are committed to listening to you and understanding what you’re going through as we take action to help keep you safe.
Harassment refers to any behaviour that causes a victim alarm, distress or puts them in fear of violence.
Stalking is when someone shows persistent and unwanted attention towards a victim. When individual incidents are put together they can reveal a pattern of obsessive behaviour.
The incidents can cause a lot of distress, often because they are usually perpetrated by someone who knows the victim’s movements, habits, likes and dislikes, their friends and family, their strengths and weaknesses and their fears.
Any behaviour that causes you to feel unsafe is unacceptable. We are here to help – report it early on so that we can help you.
Victims of Stalking or Harassment
If you or someone you know is a victim of stalking and harassment, please contact us immediately.
There are several ways to do this:
Always call 999 if you are in danger.
Once you have made a report, you will be contacted by a police officer who will talk with you and assess your immediate safety. They will investigate your report and support you.
Further Advice and Support
If you would like further information about stalking or harassment, there are several organisations that specialise in providing advice and support to victims.
The National Stalking Helpline provides advice and guidance to current or previous victims of stalking or harassment. The helpline can be contacted on 0808 802 0300.
Paladin support high risk victims of stalking with their specialist Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers (ISAC) and ensure that a coordinated community response is developed locally to protect victims.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust provides practical personal safety advice.
Veritas Justice are a local organisation who provide practical support, advocacy and advice to victims of stalking and to professionals. They also provide a ‘Writing for Recovery’ group for victims of stalking.