What is Stalking?
Stalking is persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel harassed and pestered.
If the behaviour is persistent and unwanted, causing you distress, fear or anxiety then it is stalking.
- Sending flowers or unwanted gifts
- Damaging property
- Unwanted phone calls or text messages
- Physical assault
- Driving past the victim's home or workplace
- Gathering information on the victim by contacting people who know the victim, using public records etc
- Threats to the victim or those close, particularly those who are seen to be 'protecting the victim' or acting as the buffer between the victim and the stalker
- Burglary or robbery of the victim's home, workplace, car
Things you can do, straightaway, if you feel that you are experiencing harassment or stalking:
- Call the police, always call 999 in an emergency. It's an emergency when a crime is being committed, there's a risk of injury, or there's a risk of serious damage to property, if it isn't an emergency but a quick response is needed, call 101.
- Keep a diary of events, write down the date, time, location and any other details you believe that is relevant
- Keep copies of letters, text messages, phone calls, emails, and other online messages such as Facebook
- Carry a personal alarm
- Do not engage with your stalker in any way
If you or someone you know is being stalked and you are not sure what to do or who to talk to, you can contact the freephone National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 (Open 09:30 to 16:00 weekdays, except Wednesday 13:00 to 16:00) or you can email email@example.com. The helpline provides confidential information and guidance and always takes stalking seriously. Visit www.stalkinghelpline.org to find out more.