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Stalking

What is Stalking?

Stalking is a crime of power and control which can have a devastating impact on victims

The Police and Crown Prosecution Service have adopted the description;

"a pattern of unwanted, fixated and obsessive behaviour which is intrusive. It can include harassment that amounts to stalking, or stalking that causes fear of violence or serious alarm or distress."

Stalking can include a range of behaviours, not all of which are criminal in isolation. If the behaviour is persistent and clearly unwanted, causing fear, distress or anxiety then it is stalking.


Harassment
  • is unwanted behaviour which you find offensive or which makes you feel intimidated or humiliated
  • tends to focus on a dispute rather than a fixation with a person

Stalking
  • A pattern of unwanted, fixated and obsessive behaviour which is intrusive and causes fear of violence or serious alarm or distress
  • Stalking focuses on a person rather than a dispute

 A range of behaviours constitute stalking

  • Following a person
  • Contacting, or attempting to contact, a person
  • Publishing statements or material about the victim
  • Monitoring the victim including online
  • Loitering
  • Interfering with property
  • Watching or spying on a person
  • Regularly sending unwanted gifts

Consider the stalking mnemonic F.O.U.R. Are the behaviours;

  • Fixated
  • Obsessive
  • Unwanted
  • Repeated
  • Over half of all victims have not been in a relationship with the person who is stalking them
  • The impact of the behaviour can have a devastating effect
  • Victims may make changes to their routines
  • Friends or family members may also be affected

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