Stalking And Harassment
Although there have been a number of high-profile celebrity cases reported in the media over recent years, stalking remains a relatively unusual occurrence. It isn't confined to the rich and famous however. It can happen to anyone and can cause anguish and suffering to both the victim and their family.
We've put together the following information and advice to help if you think you, or someone you know, is being stalked.
What is ‘stalking'?
Stalking can be defined as persistent and unwanted attention where the victim feels pestered and harassed. It can be perpetrated by men or women.
Stalking can happen with or without a fear of violence. This means that if you are receiving persistent unwanted contact which is causing you distress but the person has never threatened you, this is still stalking and it is not acceptable.
From 25 November 25, stalking has become a specific criminal offence. Changes to the Protection from Harassment Act now mean that there are specific offences for both stalking and for stalking that causes a fear of violence or serious distress. Serious distress is behaviour that causes a substantial adverse affect on the victim's day to day activity.
This persistent and obsessive behaviour could include:
- Being followed or watched
- Phone calls
- Text messages
- Messages on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter
If you believe you or someone you know is being stalked or harassed, please click on the sections below to find out more: