Domestic Violence and Abuse

Stalking

Victims of stalking often know their stalker. It could be an ex-partner, friend, colleague or an acquaintance.

If you are being stalked, don’t suffer in silence. Stalking is a crime.

Report the incident(s) to the police on 101. In an emergency always call 999.

If you fear you are being stalked:

  • Tighten up security at home, to and from home, and at work.
  • Change the locks to your home and if you can, install a burglar alarm or camera.
  • Vary your daily routine when walking or driving to work or other places.
  • Be careful when giving out personal details when on the phone, dealing with credit card services, social networking sites and people you meet.
  • Tell people what is happening to you, particularly at work and at home.

Golden Rules

Paladin, a national stalking advocacy service, offer these six golden rules if you experience stalking or harassment:

Report it as early as possible to the police on 101 (in an emergency always call 999) and tell others what is happening

Ensure you get good practical advice – Contact Paladin or call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300

Proactive evidence collection – keep all the evidence

Overview of what is happening – keep a diary

Risk checklist – complete the Paladin S-DASH 11 screening questions

Trust your instinct