Stalking is an incredibly common crime: 1 in 6 women and 1 in 12 men will be stalked at some point in their life, making stalking one of the most pervasive forms of interpersonal violence.


Stalking can affect anyone and is a very difficult crime to cope with. Unlike most crimes, stalking by its very nature is persistent and ongoing - it is not an isolated incident which can be processed and dealt with - and it is often described as 'emotional rape' and 'psychological terrorism' by those who live through it.


Aside from the hell of going through this experience, victims can often be at very high risk of violence and other abuse: 30-40% of all stalking cases involve physical assault (Mullen et al 1999) and the crime is acknowledged by the National Police Chiefs' Council as “leading to some of the most serious crimes police can deal with including domestic violence, sexual assault and murder.”


It can last for months, years and even decades, completely taking over and ruining a victim’s life: 65% of callers to the National Stalking Helpline have been stalked for over 6 months and a third have been stalked for over 2 years.


This is why we run the National Stalking Helpline and other community projects to work with victims of stalking, or those at heightened risk of stalking (such as victims of domestic violence).