National Stalking Awareness Week
This week is National Stalking Awareness Week, and has been organised by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. The theme of the week is 'Is it Stalking?', and focuses on raising awareness of the forms of stalking and how to get help.
Suzy Lamplugh was an estate agent who went missing during an appointment to view a house with an unknown client. Suzy's parents founded the Trust to help raise awareness of the violence that individuals can be at risk of in society, and to help minimise this and prevent it in future.
With 1 in 6 women
, and 1 in 12 men
having experienced stalking at some point in their lives, being aware of what stalking is and getting the right help is more important than ever.
What is Stalking?
Stalking is now a crime under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997
, yet many people still lack awareness of what stalking is and how dangerous it can be.
Emma Pearmaine, our Director of Family Services
, explains the difficulties in defining stalking:"Many people aren't aware that what they are experiencing could be classed as stalking. It can range from anything like persistently sending unwanted gifts to aggressive forms of communication."
Stalking comes in many different forms, people can experience stalking from ex-partners, or current partners as a form of domestic abuse, or even people that you encounter in everyday life such as work colleagues.
If you are experiencing fear or anxiety from any persistent and unwanted behaviour, it is important that you get the right support.
Emma advises, "Victims often aren’t sure if what they are experiencing is stalking, and hope that by waiting, the aggressive behaviour will eventually stop. What may seem an annoyance at first, can often escalate and have dangerous consequences. Individuals must make sure that they get help early on, as advice and support can make all the difference."
Our family law solicitors are experienced in providing legal advice for victims of domestic violence
. We also work in partnership with Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy Service
, to help those at risk of harm.
Paladin will be tweeting facts about stalking throughout the week, and are holding 'Ask the Experts'
sessions on Twitter to allow people to ask questions about stalking on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 11am and 12pm
. Make sure you get in touch if you have any
questions about stalking.