Stalking and harassment
A lot of people think stalking is something that just happens to celebrities, but the reality is that it can happen to anyone.
Stalking can be defined as persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel pestered and harassed. It includes behaviour that happens two or more times, directed at or towards you by another person, which causes you to feel alarmed or distressed or to fear that violence might be used against you.
What makes the problem particularly hard to cope with is that it can go on for a long period of time, making you feel constantly anxious and afraid. Sometimes the problem can build up slowly and it can take a while for you to realise you are caught up in an ongoing campaign of abuse.
The problem isn’t always ‘physical’ — stalking can affect you psychologically as well. Social media and the internet are often used for stalking and harassment, and ‘cyber-stalking’ or online threats can be just as intimidating. If you've been affected by cyber-stalking, you can get more information and safety tips from Get Safe Online.
If you’re experiencing persistent and unwanted attention, and the behaviour is making you feel fearful, harassed or anxious, then you are a victim of stalking. It’s not something that you should have to live with, and we're here to help you.
How we can help
As with all crimes, we can give you both practical help and advice, and the emotional support you need to cope and recover from stalking.
Having supported many other people in the same situation, we understand what it’s like to be on the receiving end of stalking or harassment, and our staff and volunteers are here to help, for as long as you need them. The most important thing is to recognise that you are being targeted in this way, and take the first steps to deal with it as quickly as you can.