Stalking and harassment

This video is linked from our colleagues at the Network for Surviving Stalking and is useful to anybody feeling they're being stalked or harassed.

Useful reading

  • Exploring the Relationship Between Stalking and Homicide, 2017 — The results of a six-month study by the Homicide Research Group at the University of Gloucestershire suggest there is a strong correlation between some key stalking behaviours and homicide, and that identifying the intention behind the stalking, and then managing the fixation, may reveal opportunities to save lives.
  • Editorial: When do repeated intrusions become stalking? by Rosemary Purcell, Michele Pathé, and Paul Mullen from the Journal Of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology Vol. 15 , Iss. 4,2004. This link will allow you to purchase this article. Part of their conclusion: 

The results indicate that continuation of unwanted intrusions beyond a threshold of 2 weeks is associated with a more intrusive, threatening and psychologically damaging course of harassment. Recognition that 2 weeks is the watershed between brief, self-limiting instances of intrusiveness and protracted stalking allows an opportunity for early intervention to assist victims of this crime.

  • Sheridan Roberts, 2011 — Stalking Checkist is a study of nearly 2,000 victims of stalking. This research looks at the indicators of risk, profiles of perpetrators, questions that police should consider and levels of injuries victims suffered and more. A really interesting piece of research — especially for police officers.
  • College of Policing — Authorised Professional Practice for Stalking & Harassment. This contains a number of documents from ACPO Guidance in 2009 to updated briefing notes on the changes to Harassment legislation in 2013.
  • CPS — Crown Prosecution Service Guidance on Stalking & Harassment gives advice on the law, an overview of issues and recommendations on Restraining Orders.
  • S-DASH stands for Stalking DASH and includes additional questions to a DASH which specifically allow the assessor/practitioner to explore the issues in more detail with 11 questions.
  • SASH stands for Screening Assessment for Stalking & Harassment and is separate from DASH and SDASH, but another tool in assessing risk with 13-16 questions. 

Here is a classic, tragic case of (one of many) a stalking that went to a very tragic end. The story of Alice Ruggles:

Support Services

Suzy Lamplugh Trust

This long established organisation provide advice on personal safety in a number of areas. They also offer a very informative section specifically for victims of stalking. They also run the national stalking helpline- Tel: 0808 802 0300

Protection Against Stalking and Harassment

Provides information, support and advice to victims of stalking and harassment.

Network for Surviving Stalking

Offering advice and information to people affected by stalking; enabling early recognition and the opportunity to seek help.

Paladin- National stalking advocacy service

Paladin assists high risk victims of stalking throughout England and Wales. A number of Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers (ISACs) ensure high risk victims of stalking are supported and that a coordinated community response is developed locally to keep victims and their children safe.

Tel: 0207 840 8960

The website lists their six Golden Rules for anybody suffering stalking:

  • Report it as early as possible to the police and tell others what is happening
  • Ensure you get good practical advice – contact Paladin or call the National Stalking Helpline
  • Proactive evidence collection – keep all the evidence
  • Overview of what is happening – keep a diary
  • Risk Checklist – complete the S-DASH 11 screening questions
  • Trust your instincts

Victim Support

Victim Support is the independent charity which helps people cope with the effects of crime. They provide free and confidential support and information to help you deal with your experience.

Tel: 0808 168 9111

Online stalking and safety

E Safety Guide

For Parents & Kids- To Keep Kids Safe Online. This interesting and informative guide is provided by Consumers Base website.

The Digital Trust

provide information on many aspects of online stalking

How to Protect Your Children on Their Smart Phones

This in-depth guide is aimed at protecting children on their smartphone. It's a visual guide that offers parents advice on ‘Safe Smartphone Use’ for their children

Resources on Online Stalking

PHSE Lesson Plans (Click to Link)

The PSHE Association has collaborated with Alice Ruggles Trust to create two lesson plans and accompanying materials which promote awareness of unhealthy relationship behaviours and stalking — in order to help protect young people from the potential risks in these situations. The lessons are offered free to schools to ensure young people learn essential safeguarding information and skills in an interactive yet safe and age-appropriate way.

University College London have produced a useful guide- How internet-connected devices can affect victims of gender-based domestic and sexual violence and abuse, 2018 

The Revenge Porn Helpline can offer advice on 0345 6000 459

Women's Aid provide a Digital Stalking Guide which offers advice and suggestions for victims.

Get Safe Online provides advice from shopping online to internet security and many more issues.

Review Lab offers a host of links to garner advice on online safety, shopping safely and even explaining terms such as "bots" and "smishing".