National Stalking Awareness Week 2021 will focus on changes in perpetrator behaviour since the outbreak of Covid-19, notably a rise in cyber elements. We will be voicing the experience of the victim during the pandemic and the impact that these changes have had. Entitled 'Unmasking Stalking: A Changing Landscape' the week will take place from 19th to 23rd April.

The aim of National Stalking Awareness Week is to share these changes in behaviour with statutory and frontline services, and discuss the response of the criminal justice system as well as the impact on the victim. Futhermore, as lockdown restrictions are lifted, we are aware that the changes in stalking behaviours as a result of the pandemic are likely to be long term, and so we will be sharing best practice to prepare ourselves to better support victims.

We will be campaigning throughout the week across social media, with videos from supporters along with other materials. You can follow this campaign using the hashtags #NSAW2021 #UnmaskingStalking.

 

Survey on the impact of stalking during the pandemic

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust is gathering data on the above through a survey for victims of stalking. This is available to anyone who has previously, or is currently experiencing stalking in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is open from 12th to 29th March 2021 and you can access the survey here.

We will be publishing a report based on these findings with safety recommendations for victims of stalking and sharing best practice. In addition to this, podcasts with key specialists on stalking will go live throughout the week. 

There will be an online conference taking place on Wednesday 21st April, and you can book your place here: Unmasking Stalking: A Changing Landscape