Understanding the context of stalking behaviours is crucial to effective safety planning and risk management. For confidential effective advice you can contact us.
If you have been a victim of stalking REPORT IT!
- Think it is any less serious if there has been no physical violence
- Send a person away believing that it is not serious or saying that they are lucky to receive this kind of attention.
- Tell them to change their phone number or close down their social media profiles.
- Mediate, talk, meet with the stalking to resolve issues.
Practical Advice for Victims
- Keep a diary of all incidents and how they made you feel.
- Keep your text messages, emails, objects and other types of evidence.
- Vary your daily routine.
- Find the nearest safe location, either police station, supermarket or security guards.
- Talk to the police.
- Ensure all your doors and windows are locked.
- Talk to your neighbours, colleagues, family and friends to identify ways of putting protective measures in place.
- Check your privacy settings on mobile devices.
- Do not engage with the stalker in any way.
Practical Advice for Professionals
- Believe victims and take them seriously.
- Listen carefully and record everything you’re told.
- Record victims perception of risk of harm.
- Take threats to kill seriously.
- Complete DASH and Stalking screening questions.
- Ask for restraining and non-molestation orders.
- Encourage victims to keep a diary.
- Don’t view incidents in isolation and ensure you understand the context.
- Seek specialist advice from your specialist police force unit.
- Contact Veritas-Justice, National Stalking Helpline, Paladin Service.
Mobile: 07736143340 or 07736143360
www.help4lips.co.uk – Help for Litigants in Person website
Sussex Police 999 or 101