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Stalking and Harassment

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

 

Useful reading for professionals

  • Editorial: When do repeated intrusions become stalking? by Rosemary Purcell, Michele Pathé, and Paul Mullen from the 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 Staking & 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 very seperate to DASH and SDASH, but another tool in assessing risk with 13-16 questions. This does link to the tool but the there are legal agreements in its use and they do offer training in how to use it.

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 vitims of stalking.

Protection Against Stalking and Harassment

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

Website: www.protectionagainststalking.org/

National Stalking Helpline

Tel: 0808 802 0300

Website: www.stalkinghelpline.org

Network for surviving stalking

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

Website: www.scaredofsomeone.org

Paladin  - Natational 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

Website: www.paladinservice.co.uk/ which lists their 6 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 us 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 instinct

Victim Support

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

Tel: 0808 168 9111
Website: www.victimsupport.org

ONLINE STALKING

The Digital Trust provide information on many aspects of online stalking

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.

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