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Stalking or harassment is unpleasant and malicious behaviour that causes upset and distress – and it’s something no one should put up with. Our advice helps minimise your chances of becoming a target and prevents people accessing details about you.
Follow this advice to minimise the chances of becoming a target and prevent people accessing your information to find out about you and your routine.
Remember, we're always here to advise you and if you feel you're being stalked or harassed, report it.
You can report crimes including harassment, stalking and indecent exposure to us online.
Victims can be stalked for years with the average case lasting 15 months. But many cases last longer – 30 per cent of people who contact the helpline have experienced stalking for over two years and 13 per cent have been stalked for over five years.
The unfortunate truth is that most victims know their stalker: the largest group of stalkers (45 per cent of all cases) is ex-partners. But whether you know the person or not, there are a number of measures you can take to disempower stalkers and help protect yourself from being targeted and tracked.
Here are some useful pieces of advice designed to help you protect yourself online and on social media:
You can report report the crimes of stalking, harassment or indecent exposure to us online or by calling us on 101.
Victim Support offer advice and help to anyone effected by crime, including harassment and stalking.
Helpline: 08 08 16 89 111
A national service offering advice and support to victims of stalking.
Helpline: 0808 802 0300