Stalking and harassment
Anyone who has ever been stalked and/or suffered harassment knows
the devastating effect it has upon feelings of safety, self confidence,
self esteem etc.
Everyone should have the right to go about their daily business in
safety and without fear. The constant worry of being stalked can take
an enormous toll upon your health and emotional state of mind. Nobody
has the right to harass you or stalk you and the Police and courts
can take action against anyone who is doing such a thing. Never go
through this alone but always get support through friends, family,
helplines, counsellors, etc.
If you are being stalked or harassed
- Keep a diary of all incidents - dates, times, what occurred, any
witnesses to what occurred etc.
- If you report any incidents to the Police, Council etc. keep dates,
times, names of person you spoke to and what was said and what action
you were told would be taken.
- If you are receiving silent, threatening phone calls contact BT
Malicious Callers Bureau. Again, keep dates and times of calls.
- If you do receive malicious calls try not to react, place the phone
off the receiver for a few minutes and then replace the receiver
without saying anything. Dial 1471 to see if a number has been left.
(Don't worry if number is withheld as BT/Police will be able to trace
- Report all malicious calls to the Police as they will work with
BT to trace who is making these calls to you.
- If you are receiving malicious text messages always keep the text
message and report this to the Police and your mobile phone network
- If you are being stalked try to avoid going out alone and keep
to busy public places.
- Get a personal alarm and carry that with you as well as a mobile
- If you think you are being followed make for a shop to get help.
If you are not near a shop then knock on a house and ask the householder
to contact the Police.
- If you notice cars following you or outside your house then always
take make, model and registration, date, time etc. and report this
to the Police if you keep seeing the same car.
- Contact the local Police Crime Prevention Unit to check your house
out to see whether there are ways in which it needs to be made safer
- stronger locks, window locks, security lighting at back and front
- It may help to contact helplines/counsellor to give you regular
emotional support at this time unless you already have a good network
around you of support.
- Try not to allow what is happening dominate your life and thoughts.
Try and keep to your regular routine, try to do things you enjoy
doing and spending time with friends.
- Don't allow the harassment, stalking, to make you think there is
anything wrong with you. The person who is doing this to you is disturbed
and can be doing it for all sorts of reasons, it could be jealousy,
someone who you may have once known and broken contact with, ex lovers,
someone who has become fixated with you - there can be many reasons
- but remember the problem is with the person doing the stalking/harassment
and not YOU.
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Agencies and useful websites which provide support, advice, information
SupportLine Telephone Helpline: 01708 765200, email firstname.lastname@example.org -
Providing emotional support and details of counsellors, support groups
and agencies throughout the UK
The National Stalking Helpline:
0808 802 0300
Practical advice and information to anyone who is currently or previously been effected by harassment or stalking.
Network for Surviving Stalking: www.nss.org.uk -
Support and advice for anyone being stalked. No longer provides a direct personal support service for victims of stalking/harassment but useful information on website.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust
020 7091 0014
To create a safer society and enable everyone to live safer lives.
Working for the reduction, and fear of, crime against the person through
campaigning for policy and legislative change, research, training,
Victim Supportline: 0845 30 30 900, www.victimsupport.org.uk -
Helpline for anyone affected by crime
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