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Press Release: New Independent Stalking Advocacy Casework service for Hertfordshire

Safer Places is pleased to announce the launch of their new Hertfordshire Stalking Service (ISAC). This funding was obtained from the Ministry of Housing with sponsorship from Hertfordshire County Council and will be an important step to keeping Domestic Abuse Stalking victims safe and building cases against those responsible.

Stalking is about fixation and obsession. It is a high risk factor for serious harm and homicide, as well as serious psychological harm if left unchecked.

Stalking as an offence is not strictly defined in law, however the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 offers some behaviours which may constitute as stalking. This includes:

a) Following a person,
b) Contacting or attempting to contact, a person by any means,
c) Publishing any statement or other material relating or purporting to relate to a person, or purporting to originate from a person,
d) Monitoring the use by a person of the internet, email or any other form of electronic communication,
e) Loitering in any place (whether public or private),
f) Interfering with any property in the possession of a person,
g) Watching or spying on a person

This is a non-exhaustive list, and other behaviours in certain circumstances may too be seen as stalking.

The ISAC service

There will be 6 ISAC’s countywide, all ISACS will be qualified and most will also be Safe Lives IDVA/ISVA trained.
The service will provide the following to victims of Stalking:

• Trauma informed support
• Advice and advocacy
• Risk assessment and safety planning
• Court support (and police liaison)
• One front door for Hertfordshire victims of DA stalking
• Safer Places programmes
• Legal support (family court)
• Counselling

The service will also raise awareness of stalking and support professionals in other fields to respond appropriately.

Further Information

If you would like to refer a client or yourself please call 03301 025811 (24/7) or email referrals@saferplaces.co.uk

For any questions regarding the ISAC service please contact Gemma.Toynton@Saferplaces.co.uk or Jayne.Gentry@saferplaces.co.uk