What is stalking?

According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, almost one in five women over the age of 16 have experienced stalking, as well as almost one in ten men. Being stalked can be incredibly frightening, the abuser is often fixated and obsessed with the survivor. 

Stalking is a criminal offence however there is no clear legal definition of stalking because it encompasses lots of different behaviours and no individual case is the same. 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.

What is an stalking advocacy service service?

The Safer Places Stalking Advocacy team is made up of professional staff offering short to medium term support to women and men affected by stalking in the community. 

The service includes:

  • Trauma informed support
  • Advice and advocacy
  • Risk assessment and safety planning
  • Court support and police liaison
  • One front door for Hertfordshire victims of stalking
  • Safer Places therapeutic programmes
  • Access to legal support
  • Counselling

How do you access the service?

Our Gateway service is open 24/7 - please call us on 03301 025 811 to discuss the support available in your area. 

Professionals can also make a referral.

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