The crime of stalking can be simply described as the unwanted pursuit of another person.
Examples of this type of behavior includes following a person, appearing at a person's home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages (including online) or objects, or vandalising a person's property.
Stalking is not legally defined but section 2A (3) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 lists a number of examples of behaviours associated with stalking. The list is not an exhaustive one but gives an indication of the types of behaviour that may be displayed in a stalking offence.
The listed behaviours are:
PALADIN NATIONAL STALKING ADVOCACY SERVICE:
Paladin was launched in 2013 after our Founder Laura Richards and other changed the law to create a specific criminal offence of stalking.
Paladin uses the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour based Violence Risk Checklist (DASH 2009) which was developed by Laura Richards on behalf of ACPO and in partnership with Safe Lives (formerly Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA)) to inform early identification, intervention and prevention. This tool is also used by thousands of professionals on a daily basis to help them deal effectively with victims of stalking, domestic abuse and honour based violence.
Victim Support Scotland, or simply VSS, supports and campaigns on behalf of victims and witnesses of crime in Scotland.
Victim Support Scotland are proud to serve victims and witnesses in the north of Britain by campaigning for their rights and helping to improve their experiences of the criminal justice system.
Their aim is to supporting, both, the victims and witnesses of any form of crime.
Victim Support Scotland provides support and information services to victims and witnesses of crime north of the border. Victim Support Scotland support 200,000 people affected by crime each year. This support is provided by staff and volunteers in national and local offices and court-based services across Scotland.
Victim Support Scotland are an independent charity and not part of the Police Scotland or Scottish Courts. All conversations with victims and witnesses are confidential and are not shared with people outside of Victim Support Scotland.
The service, provided by Victim Support Scotland, is completely free.
Victim Support Scotland's daily contact with victims and witnesses of crime gives the charity a unique insight into the issues that they face. VSS campaign to ensure that the criminal justice system in Scotland takes full account of the needs of victims and witnesses of crime.
Victim Support, or simply VS, are an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents in Scotland, England and Wales. Their purpose is to provide specialist help to support people to cope and recover to the point where they feel they are back on track with their lives.
In 2018, Victim Support were in contact with over 1,035,032 victims of crime within that calendar year offering information, advice and support. 704,219 people visited VictimSupport.org.uk and their dedicated local teams provided specialist emotional and practical support to 133,965 victims.
Victim Support are independent of the government, the police, local authorities and criminal justice system, but work closely with them and others to achieve our vision – a world where victims and witnesses are given the support they need and the respect they deserve.
Victim Support works with victims of crime and VS put them at the heart of their organisation and the way they run their services. Victim Support's work, their support and their voice is informed and shaped by them.
As an organisation, victims are their only focus, and over the years we have developed unrivalled expertise in their needs, aspirations and their journey through the criminal justice system.
Victim Support are a national organisation but we are deeply rooted in the local communities in which we work. They are local. They are national. They are independent.
As a national charity, Victim Support have a clear purpose and vision with strong values.
The Victim Support charity was set up over 40 years ago.
Please visit: VictimSupportSCO.org.uk
FREEPHONE: 0800 16 01 985
INFOLINE: 0345 603 9213
ENGLAND / WALES:
Please visit: VictimSupport.org.uk
FREEPHONE: 08 08 16 89 111
INFOLINE: 08 08 16 89 293