Stalking and risk

Psychologists specialising in the field of stalking have developed a stalking risk checklist. It is recommended that if you decide to report what has been happening to the police, you take the completed checklist with you and show it to a police officer.

Stalking risk checklist

Knowledge of the risk checklist (sometimes referred to as a screening tool or VS DASH) is currently being rolled out to all police forces in England and Wales, but please note at this time not all force areas are aware of the checklist. If the officer you speak to does not recognise the form, explain to them your concerns and that you have brought with you a risk assessment created by specialised psychologists and approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

If you are being stalked by an ex partner and report the matter to the police they may carry out a risk assessment called a DASH. DASH stands for Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence. There are a number of different DASH risk assessments which have been developed by psychologists, the police and CAADA. To find out more information about all of them visit

Am I overreacting?

No. If you feel scared, worried or angered by the behaviour then you should not have to put up with it. Some people may lack the knowledge or understanding of how stalking can negatively impact on every aspect of your life, however that does not mean that you are overreacting – only that we have a long way to go in raising awareness about the seriousness of stalking.

If you need more help or information about stalking then contact the National Stalking Helpline