Suzy Lamplugh Trust was established in 1986, following the disappearance of 25-year-old Suzy Lamplugh, an estate agent who went to meet a client and never returned. 

Suzy Lamplugh Trust has a long history of providing essential support to victims of stalking. Stalking is a pattern of fixated and obsessive behaviour which is intrusive and causes fear of violence or engenders alarm and distress in the victim. The National Stalking Helpline was established by Suzy Lamplugh Trust in 2010, the first service of its kind that we know of anywhere in the world, and since then it has responded to more than 30,000 victims of stalking.

1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men in UK will undergo the frightening experience of being stalked at some point in their lifetime, making stalking as pervasive as domestic abuse. That’s 16% of all women and 8% of all men in the UK, with 80% of callers to the Helpline being women. An estimated 1,144,602 adults in England and Wales experienced stalking in 2017. Perpetrators can be ex-intimate partners, old friends, current or ex-colleagues, family members, business clients or strangers.

Stalked women can be incredibly vulnerable: criminologists have found stalking behaviours in over 9 out of 10 murder cases (of women, by men). Stalking also has a significant impact on victims’ physical, emotional, financial and psychological wellbeing, as well as causing feelings of fear and being unsafe. A recent study of stalking victims found that 96% reported feeling very frightened, and 91% reported that they suffered from mental health problems following the experience of being stalked.

Stalking is a gendered crime: data from the Helpline shows that 77% of victims are female; 74% of perpetrators are male. Our helpline team offers victims non-judgemental emotional and practical support, whilst working with multiple agencies to support serious cases and help victims’ voices be heard. While the Helpline team works hard to provide as much support as possible to victims of stalking, it is seriously under-resourced and at present can only respond to fewer than half of the cases which come in. We urgently need to secure funding to maintain or, if possible, expand the services we can provide to extremely vulnerable people.

In 25% of cases the stalker targeted the victim’s children, in 33% of cases the family and friends of the victim are stalked too and in 20% of cases, colleagues of the victim are also contacted. On average, 21 other individuals who are linked to the victim are directly affected in each case. In 77% of cases victim experience more than 100 incidents before they report the matter to the police. Even when they do so, police forces may not have been trained to understand why stalking is so dangerous and how to approach these cases, and often very little specialist support for victims of stalking is available. The Helpline is a vital resource for stalking victims who have not been able to access the support they need from other services.

Your generous contributions allow us to maintain our essential services and ensure victims of stalking receive the support they desperately need.