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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
25th November is the start of an annual international campaign spearheaded by the United Nations called ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’, running from 25th November to 10th December 2021. This year also marks the 9th anniversary of the Stalking Law Reform, adding stalking as a criminal offence.
Veritas Justice takes part in this campaign because stalking is a form of gender-based violence as women are more likely to be stalked than men; 1 in 5 women will be stalked at some point in their lifetime. Stalking is still misunderstood and under-reported crime but increases in campaigning and the training of front-line services are addressing the issues and more and more reports are being made.
Recognising the Signs of Stalking
If someone is scared about repeated and unwanted behaviour from another person, this might be stalking. Each action on its own might seem trivial, so you must look at the pattern of behaviour. Is it all FOUR?
Obsessive Is the behaviour unhealthy and persistent?
Unwanted Is the behaviour unwanted?
Repeated Are there 2 or more incidents of unwanted contact?
Our clients are telling us that their homes are not the places of safety and solace that many of us enjoy. We have already seen a 75% increase in cyber and online stalking activity, which is currently the most common form of human interaction. Sadly, the negative impact of this form of fixated, obsessed and unwanted communication is still not fully appreciated by many.
Find out more about what to do if someone you know is being stalked by clicking here.
Please follow us on Twitter @VeritasSussex to support the campaign and contact us for support via our website or email us directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in any danger, always report incidents to Sussex Police on 999.
What our advocates can do for you
- Listen to your views and concerns
- Help you explore your options
- Assist you to contact relevant professionals
- Accompany you in meetings & appointments
- Support you through the court process
The services we offer
- Advocacy & advice for service users
- IT interventions
- Cyber and online safety information
- Recovery, resilience & peer support groups
- Training and workshops for organisations
Online chat new timetable:
Working weekdays – 10.00am-5.00pm
Sundays – 2.00-4.00pm
We raise awareness, inform and educate organisations and individuals on the challenges faced by victims of stalking and online safety.
Veritas Justice is an advocacy service supporting people affected by stalking across Sussex by providing free and confidential advice.
Advice and support
We always take your concerns and experiences seriously. Our trained advocates are here to help, so please get in touch or see our resources.
"There were 1467 recorded stalking offences between April 2018- April 2019 in Sussex alone."
HMICFRS 2019 - Sussex Police inspection
Police and Professional Referrals on to the service have increased by 26% since COVID-19 emergency
Self Referrals have increased by 31%
Clients have experience and average increase of 40% in electronic communications
Number of clients reporting and increase in cyber stalking
of clients have received messages over games consoles
of clients feel more anxious during lockdown
What we do
We aim to raise awareness, train, support and advocate for individuals affected by stalking we provide practical support, advocacy and advise to service-users and professionals.
Training and Workshops
We run a wide range of workshops and training sessions including stalking and cyber stalking and litigant in person workshops.
Creative writing and healing are like a bit of magic. Putting random ideas on paper does not at first glance appear likely to unravel years of damage
Attending the peer-support group gave me the courage to speak out, as I knew we had all faced major life challenges at some stage
Learning from others in the peer support group about what happens physically in the brain when you have experienced extreme fear, really helped me to understand why I was feeling the way I was
Veritas have saved not only my life but also my four children’s lives, I can honestly say that I would not be as strong or where I am today if it were not for Veritas
I’ve been very lucky to have been supported by Veritas, not everybody can understand what it is like to be stalked, I am hugely grateful