What is harassment and stalking?
Harassment is repeated behaviour which makes you feel distressed, humiliated or threatened. The perpetrator could be someone known to you or a stranger.
Examples of harassment include:-
Unwanted phone calls, letters, emails or visits
Following or watching the victim
Verbal abuse and threats
Damaging the victim’s property.
Stalking refers to persistent and unwanted behaviour causing a victim fear, harassment and anxiety. Stalking is a criminal offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
Stalking is one of the most common types of intimate violence and most often involves a partner or ex-partner. As many as 18.1 per cent of women and 9.4 per cent of men aged 16-59 say they have been a victim of stalking. Many victims do not come forward in the mistaken belief they are overreacting. If you feel scared, worried or angered by someone’s persistent behaviour, then it is your right to seek help and protection.
How do I report harassment and stalking?
If you feel a person’s behaviour is putting you in immediate danger, you must always call 999. You can report stalking or harassment to the police on the non-emergency number 101.
CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) provides advice about staying safe online for children and parents and allows victims to report any online behaviour they are uncomfortable with.
Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping police locate criminals and solve crimes through anonymous reporting. The site also provides crime prevention advice for a number of crimes.
Digital-Trust provides technical expertise to victims, charities, support groups and organisations working in the criminal justice system, as well as directly to people who experience digital abuse
National Domestic Violence Helpline
The National Domestic Violence Helpline provides a national service supporting women experiencing domestic violence, their friends, family, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.
National Stalking Helpline
The National Stalking Helpline provides specialist information and guidance to victims of harassment and stalking, as well as their family and friends.
Refuge offers a range of services including refuge, outreach and resettlement support to women and children who have experienced domestic violence, stalking, honour-based violence, trafficking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust
Suzy Lamplugh Trust offers personal safety advice and guidance on a wide range of subjects, especially in relation to stalking and harassment.
The CyberSmile Foundation
The Cyber Smile Foundation provides educational programs and support services for anyone who has been affected by cyberbullying and online harassment.