Help & advice Stalking How health, police, probation and advocacy services are working together to stop stalking The Multi-Agency Stalking Intervention Programme (MASIP) is a world first project to develop innovative new ways of tackling stalking. Experts from across the healthcare service, police, the probation service and victim advocacy are working together to assess individual stalking perpetrators and reduce the risk they pose to victims by providing targeted, tailored interventions. This project is funded by more than £4m from the Home Office’s Police Transformation Fund, in recognition of its vital work reducing reoffending and keeping victims safer. At the three MASIP sites in London, Cheshire and Hampshire, experts from different agencies work together to assess and manage risk, and put strategies in place to stop stalking behaviours. The aim is not to “cure” stalkers, but to develop effective interventions to address the fixation and obsession that underlie stalking behaviours. The inclusion of advocacy services helps to ensure that the victim’s safety and their viewpoint are prioritised, and that their voice is heard. On the MASIP programme, stalking perpetrators will be dealt with by the criminal justice system just as they would be outside the programme. However, where appropriate they will also be referred to other programmes such psychiatric or therapeutic intervention. Why is MASIP necessary? The current response to stalking does not adequately protect victims, as stalkers often do not stop their behaviour in response to civil or criminal sanctions. Instead, they change their tactics or target a new victim, with some stalkers continuing their behaviour from prison or immediately upon release. How does MASIP work? The partnership between agencies is key to ensure that they work effectively together. Each site takes referrals from any partner agency, although most come from policing. In specific cases the multi-agency team will agree that the perpetrator could benefit from direct intervention by the health team. The sites are also working to build capacity and share learnings, as well as to improve data sharing, recording and tracking. Case studies are available—please contact us for more information.