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Problems

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 numbers.
  • 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 provider.
  • 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 phone.
  • 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 etc.
  • 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 info@supportline.org.uk - Providing emotional support and details of counsellors, support groups and agencies throughout the UK

  • The National Stalking Helpline:
    0808 802 0300
    www.stalkinghelpline.org
    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

    www.suzylamplugh.org
    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, and advice

  • Victim Supportline: 0845 30 30 900, www.victimsupport.org.uk - Helpline for anyone affected by crime

Useful websites

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