Police support National Stalking Awareness Week
Monday 08 Apr 2019
North Wales Police are supporting a national campaign this week (8th – 12th) to raise awareness of stalking.
This year’s National Stalking Awareness Week by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, focuses on the impact stalking has on victims’ mental and emotional health as well as their physical safety.
Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Salisbury-Jones of North Wales Police said: “We recognise and understand that stalking and harassment can have a significant effect on victims and their families.
“Becoming a victim of stalking can happen to anyone, at any time. It can be an isolating experience so if you are being stalked or harassed please take that brave step and come forward.
“Working with our partners we will robustly investigate every report of stalking that we receive and are committed to working with our partner agencies across the region, using all of the tools at our disposal, to protect victims from stalkers.”
North Wales Police recently launched a new strategy aimed at protecting the most vulnerable in the community.
Operation Aegis focuses efforts into four key strands to prevent incidents, crime and abuse and includes Enforcement - pursuing the perpetrators, Safeguarding – safety comes first, Education – we are stronger as we learn and Diversion – offering the alternative to abuse.
DCI Salisbury-Jones added: “Operation Aegis is a simple and effective way of getting our messages out, both inside the police and to our own communities.
“We do lots of good work to keep people safe and work closely with partners to safeguard and divert those who are victims. We are involved in preventative and informative work, visiting schools, local community groups, multi-agency events, home visits and making use of social media.
“Some of the work we undertake is about having clarity of purpose and how to achieve it; how we can create and raise public confidence in our work and demonstrate that we will always deal professionally with sensitive issues and serious offences.
“Meanwhile the message to perpetrators is clear; we will pursue you until you stop offending. If you want help in making that change, then we can point you in the right direction. If you choose not to change then we will pursue you through the courts to prevent you committing further offences.”
North Wales Police will be informing members of the public about stalking behaviours and also encouraging reporting. The campaign can be followed on social media via #NSAW19 and #StalkingStealsLives
What is stalking?
Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted behaviour that causes you to feel distressed or scared. A person commits an offence if on two or more occasions they do something towards the other person, knowing or they ought to know, that will cause that person harassment or fear violence will be used against them.
Methods of stalking and harassment can include:
- Following a person
- Contacting or attempting to make contact by any means
- Monitoring a person’s use of the internet, email and mobile phone
- Loitering in any place
- Interfering with a person’s property
How to get help
- Always call 999 in an emergency
- Call 101 if it not urgent but would like advice from the police
- Contact the Victim Help Centre in St Asaph on 0300 30 30 159
- The National Stalking Helpline provides advice and guidance to current or previous victims of stalking or harassment – please call 0808 802 0300. Please follow @TalkingStalking on social media
- The Suzy Lamplugh Trust provides practical personal safety advice via their website suzylamplugh.org or follow them on social media via @Live_Life_Safe
- The Paladin Service is a trauma-informed service established to assist high risk victims of stalking. Please visit paladinservice.co.uk
Did you know…?
- Up to 700,000 women are stalked each year (data from the Crime Survey of England and Wales 2009-12)
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men will experience staking in their adult life
- Victims do not tend to report to the police until the 100th Incident
- 1 in 10 stalkers, who had no prior relationship, if they make a threat will act on it
- Stalking is a pattern of repeat and persistent unwanted behaviour that is intrusive and engenders fear. It is when one person becomes fixated or obsessed with another.
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