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Young people are at higher risk of experiencing violent crime from a stranger than any other social group. According the Office of National Statistics, those aged between 15 and 29 made up 61% of seriously or fatally injured firearm victims in the UK between 2013 and 2014. Furthermore, their research showed that those aged 16 to 24 were more likely to be a victim of violence than an older age group, with males aged 16 to 24 most at risk of violent offences by strangers. The exception is sexual violence, where young women aged between 16 and 24 are more likely than other age groups to be victims of sexual abuse and stalking.
Our initial consultations with young people shows that there is a considerable level of fear among young people – and also some misconceptions which need to be challenged.
Young people are also facing an increasingly diverse set of risks. Those we consulted identified three key areas in which they felt unsafe: on the streets; at school or college; and online. Issues such as revenge porn, sexting, bullying and hate crime are all raised by young people as concerns.
We are working to address these issues through a number of projects, including our peer education programme ‘PLAN’.
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).
Please note that Suzy Lamplugh Trust cannot accept responsibility for the content of any external sites. This information is for signposting only.
A charity that helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers. They can provide advice about proceedings in the civil courts.
A charity that provides free, confidential, impartial advice about the rights and responsibilities of Scottish citizens.
National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
A Freephone 24 Hour a day helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge. It is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.
Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline 0800 027 1234
Scottish Women's Rights Centre 08088 010 789
Wales: Welsh Women’s Aid - Live Without Fear Helpline 0808 80 10 800
Email: [email protected]
Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline 0808 802 1414
There are two Family Justice Centres in the UK: one in Croydon and one in Derby. They address the full range of social, welfare, economic, safety, accommodation, criminal and civil justice needs of individuals living with or escaping from abuse. To find information about them you can look on the relevant council websites.
Hometruths provide specialist services to survivors of domestic violence and abuse including stalking and harassment, living in Swindon and Wiltshire.
NCDV provides a free, fast emergency service to survivors of domestic violence, regardless of race, financial situation, gender or sexual orientation. They work closely with partner agencies and help people apply for an injunction quickly.
Offer a range of services to support women and children experiencing domestic violence.
An information and advice line for anyone who is concerned about their violence or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. Respect also provide advice to frontline workers. Helpline opening times are Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.
A charity that supports women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse in Brighton & Hove and across West Sussex.
Work to end violence against women and children, and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.
Women’s Aid can offer advice and support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse. The national office can provide contact details for your local Women’s Aid group.
WWA is the national umbrella organisation representing local Women’s Aid Groups situated throughout Wales. Our member groups provide direct services for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence, have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, or are worried about a friend or relative who is experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence – then call the All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Emotional and practice support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse.
Men’s Advice line is a national freephone helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse. The Helpline welcomes calls from men in heterosexual or same sex relationships. They also provide advice to frontline workers. Helpline opening times are Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.
Lifecentre is a UK based charity that supports survivors of rape and sexual abuse. It offers a national helpline and counselling team based in Sussex, England.
Provide a range of services for women and girls who have been raped or experienced any other form of sexual violence, either as adults or children. The national helpline number listed above can also be used by male victims or friends and family of the victim.
Offers support and information to female, male and transgender survivors of sexual violence aged 13+ as well as family, friends and workers. Rape Crisis Scotland also offer support to victims of stalking, whether there is an overt sexual element or not.
The havens are specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted in the last 12 months. Their staff are fully trained and hugely experienced. They help men, women, children and young people of all ages. You can use The Havens services without having to report the assault to the police.
A directory of private therapists who have been accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Lists qualified hypnotherapists across the U.K
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Action Against Stalking was founded by Ann Moulds after she experienced a harrowing stalking ordeal. Ann lead the successful campaign for the introduction of stalking legislation in Scotland in 2010. This website provides helpful information for anyone who is being stalked.
NSS is dedicated to supporting victims of stalking. Their website has a lot of useful advice and knowledge. NSS are keen to hear victim’s stories and experiences with various agencies or companies so they can raise awareness and campaign for change.
Their goal is to work with professionals and organisations in partnership to improve the safety of stalking and harassment victims and for perpetrators of abuse to be held to account. Their website contains a lot of useful information and advice.
Paladin will assist high risk victims throughout England and Wales. A number of Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers (ISACs) will ensure high risk victims of stalking are supported and that a co-ordinated community response is developed locally to keep victims and their children safe.
Tracey Morgan was a victim of stalking and created this site, including her blog, for other victims and interested parties.
The National Stalking Clinic is a specialist service for the assessment and treatment of stalkers and their victims. It is run by the North London Forensic Service, part of the Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. It provides a mobile service across the UK to interested parties including the courts, Probation Service, Police, mental health trusts and Social Services.
Information and support for staying safe online
The FMU is a joint initiative between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office. If you are worried that a friend or relative may be forced in to marriage then you can call them for advice and assistance.
Provide support to all the victims of honour-based violence and forced marriage. They also run a national helpline that provides support and guidance.
If you are a victim of crime or are related to a victim and have received unwanted contact from a prisoner (by letter or telephone) or are worried about their release from prison, contact the National Offender Management Service Victim Helpline.
Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. They give advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need.
Provide free and confidential help to victims of crime, their family, friends and anyone else affected. They give information, emotional support and practical help. You don’t have to report a crime to the police to get their help and can get support at any time, whenever the crime happened.
Stalking can take place in many forms in the workplace. Some stalkers are colleagues or clients of the victim, others are individuals who are unrelated to the workplace but who can make contact with the victim there because of ease of access.
We have produced a booklet for employers who would like to know how to support colleagues who are being stalked in the workplace. It can be downloaded from the resources section of our website.
Trust your instincts, if someone is making you feel scared or intimidated do not ignore these feelings, research indicates early intervention in a stalking case can stop it. After you have told your stalker once clearly and firmly that you no longer wish to have any contact with them try not to engage with or meet them again, even if it is to tell them to leave you alone.
Safety at home
Safety out and about
Safety at work
You can also find posters and information leaflets on stalking in our resources section
If you are thinking of asking for help from the police or seeking an injunction through a civil court, you will need evidence that you are a victim of harassment. One of the most common pieces of evidence is a log, which details each incident. Depending on the kind of behaviour your stalker displays, you might also be able to use photographic evidence, copies of electronic messages or video as evidence too.
A good log documents everything that has been happening to you. It’s important because it demonstrates to police, friends or family exactly how the stalker’s behaviour has impacted on your life.
A log should include all events you believe to be connected to your stalker. This can include phone calls, gifts, visits to your house or work, public sightings and electronic communication such as text messages, emails or cyber stalking events.
A good log needs to be kept contemporaneously, meaning that it needs to be updated as the incident is occurring or as soon as possible afterwards. If you keep a log in this way, it is more likely to be used as evidence in any legal proceedings.
The log should contain the following details about the incident:
The details of what happens should include what is said and/or done. If the stalker is present, try to detail what they are wearing as well as the make, model and registration details of any vehicle they drive or are passenger in.
Every suspicious incident you believe is connected to your stalker should go into your log, including silent phonecalls.
You should try to keep copies of all electronic messages your stalker sends you, including texts, emails and IM conversations. You can print out hard copies of emails, take screenshots of IM conversations and some mobile handsets will allow you to download your texts and even your call lists onto your computer for future reference.
You should try and keep any gifts and letters your stalker sends you, handling them as little as possible and placing them in a plastic bag or bin liner so the police can examine them. If you receive a package that you know is from your stalker, place it straight into the evidence bag without opening it. Handwritten letters might be useful if the police decide to do handwriting analysis or try to gain fingerprint impressions. Any physical forms of communication, including gifts, could be used as evidence of a course of conduct.
You can find further information about maintaining evidence of gifts or letters on the website of stalking survivour Tracey Morgan.
Photographic evidence of stalking activity can be useful. If your stalker vandalises a piece of your property, you should try and get photographic evidence of this as soon after the event as possible. Capturing stalkers themselves in photographs can also be helpful. However, there have been cases where victims have taken photographs of an offender and the offender has made allegations of harassment against the victim, which is an incredibly traumatic experience for them. If you are thinking of obtaining photographic evidence of your stalker, you might want to consider seeking advice from a member of the police first to get more information about the best way of going about this.
Like photographs, video can be used as evidence of stalking behaviour. Some police forces might be able to loan you CCTV equipment if your stalker repeatedly approaches your house or vandalises your property. You can also use a handheld camera for behaviours like following or verbal harassment. Just as taking photographs might prompt a stalker to accuse their victim of harassment, video might provoke the same reaction. Therefore, it might be worth seeking advice from the police before doing this to make sure you are protected.
As of 25th November 2012 amendments have been made to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 which makes stalking a specific offence. These amendments were made under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
There are now two sections that deal with stalking, 2A and 4A. Section 2A labels stalking as a criminal offence for the first time in English and Welsh Law. Section 4A deals with stalking that has caused fear of violence OR serious distress. Serious distress is behaviour that causes a “substantial adverse effect” on the victim’s day to day activity.
Examples of the kind of behaviours that stalking can consist of are provided in the amendments and apply to 2A and 4A. The list includes; following, contacting, publishing material relating to the victim, monitoring, loitering, interfering with property and watching or spying. This list is NOT exhaustive.
Stalking in Scotland is a specific offence under section 39 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing Act 2010. In Northern Ireland stalking is dealt with under the Protection from Harassment Order 1997.
As of 25th November 2012 amendments to the Protection from Harassment Act have been made that makes stalking a specific offence in England and Wales for the first time. The amendments were made under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The amendments can only be used to deal with stalking incidents that occur after 25th November 2012; stalking prior to this will still be dealt with as ‘harassment’ under sections 2 and 4 of the Protection from Harassment Act.
There are two new amendments; section 2A stalking and section 4A stalking. To prove a section 2A it needs to be shown that a perpetrator pursued a course of conduct which amounts to harassment and that the particular harassment can be described as stalking behaviour. Stalking is not legally defined, but the amendments include a list of example behaviours which are following, contacting/attempting to contact, publishing statements or material about the victim, monitoring the victim (including online), loitering in a public or private place, interfering with property, watching or spying. This is a non exhaustive list which means that behaviour which is not described above may also be seen as stalking. A course of conduct is 2 or more incidents.
Section 4A is stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm of distress. Again serious alarm and distress is not defined but can include behaviour which causes the victim to suffer emotional or psychological trauma or have to change the way they live their life.
If at the trial of a 4A offence the jury find the offender not guilty, they may still be able to find the person guilty of an offence under 2A.
Sections 2 and 4 of the Protection from Harassment Act can also still be used to prosecute harassment. Harassment is described in the Act as a course of conduct which (a) amounts to harassment of another and, (b) which they know or ought to know amounts to harassment of another. Sections 2 and 2A are summary only offences and there is a maximum prison sentence of 6 months. Sections 4 and 4A are either way offences with a maximum prison sentence of 5 years.
Yes. Prior to 2010 stalking behaviour was not recognised as a serious crime in Scotland and stalking was prosecuted as a form of harassment under the common law ‘Breach of the Peace’. Whilst historically flexible to cover a multitude of common garden offences, Breach of the Peace did not fully encompass, define or reflect the seriousness of stalking and victim impact held no place.
In April 2010 the Justice Committee at Scottish Parliament cast a unanimous vote for proposed anti stalking legislation to be included into Scotland’s Criminal Justice System. Stalking is now on the agenda for the VAW National Training Strategy, the ‘Commission for Equality of Human Rights’ and all major government funded organisations. Supported by ACPOS and the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service, Police Scotland are to receive training on policing stalking crime and for the first time ever, a stalking DVD training tool has been produced to be delivered across Scotland to all Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Staff.
The Criminal Justice and Licensing Act was passed on June 30th 2010 and came into affect on December 13th 2010. Section 39 of this Act makes stalking a criminal offence. You can read the legislation by clicking here.
Yes. The Protection from Harassment Order 1997 (Northern Ireland) is similar to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (England and Wales). To view the legislation is Northern Ireland visit statutelaw.gov.uk and search under Protection from Harassment Order
Stalking is against the law and the police should take it seriously.
If you choose to report a stalking offence to the police, it is important to try and gather as much evidence as possible of what has been happening to you. This might include audio recordings, films or pictures, along with copies of emails, text messages, screenshots and similar. You could also keep a log of all the incidents that have occurred.
If you are gathering evidence against your stalker, be careful when taking video footage or pictures as we have come across cases where the stalker has then complained that the victim is harassing them. If you are unsure then you can talk to the police about this first.
What are the police guidelines for investigating harassment and stalking in England and Wales?
You can read the ACPO and National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) best practice guidelines in relation to harassment and stalking by clicking here
What if I am not happy with the police response?
Most police officers want to be able to help you but may lack the training to have a full understanding of what stalking is, the risk factors associated with it and the distress it can cause. Many forces now have an officer who acts as a single point of contact (SPOC) for stalking problems; you could go back to the police and ask to speak with this officer. If the person you speak with does not know who the SPOC is, or if the force does not have one then ask to speak with someone in the public protection unit, or if the stalker is an ex-intimate or family member ask to speak with a domestic abuse officer. Take with you a completed Stalking risk checklist and explain how you feel. You may also want to take with you a log of everything that has happened and any evidence you have retained. There are links on this site detailing how best to keep a log and how to preserve evidence.
You can also contact the National Stalking Helpline for information, advice and support
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There are lots of different types of personal alarms. Choosing the best one for you can sometimes be tricky. Read on for tips on how to make the right choice.
The purpose of a personal alarm:
The purpose of a personal safety alarm is to shock and disorientate an attacker, giving you vital seconds to get away.
- The most important feature of an alarm is the sound it emits. If an attacker is to be shocked enough to pull away from you, this sound needs to be as loud and as shrill as possible. It is a common misconception that alarms will attract others as, if there is no one around, or others are far from us, they may not be attracted to the sound. Also if a personal alarm pulsates like many car alarms, the sound may not be recognisable as an attack alarm.
- The most effective sound is continuous and over 130 decibels (approx 138db is ideal).
- Your alarm needs to be easy to carry, and be easy to set off in one hand. Do consider whether a very lightweight and tiny alarm will be as loud or accessible as you need it to be.
How would you operate the alarm in an emergency? There are many different ways to activate different types of alarms, including push caps, push buttons and pull out pins. How fiddly is it to activate it? Do you have problems using your hands or fingers? Can it be operated simply by being pushed against something?
When & how to use an alarm:
The primary function of an alarm is to distract and disorientate an attacker.
Set off the alarm, holding it as close to the attackers face as possible.
Drop the alarm and make your escape. If it is by the attackers feet, it may also act as a visual distraction, as well as a audible distraction.
If you are able to attract the attention of passers- by, you are more likely to get help if you shout a specific instruction – such as “Call the police!” This makes it clear that you are in danger and need help.
Remember: Once you have set off your alarm, leave the situation as quickly as you can, moving to a busy area if possible. Don’t wait to check that your alarm has had the desired effect; just go.
Remember: A personal alarm should be just one part of your personal safety plan. There are lots of other ways in which you can help to reduce the risk of violence and aggression.
We all like to feel safe and secure, especially in and around our own homes.
Whether we live alone or with a partner, friends or family, keeping safe is something we all need to think about but sometimes take for granted.
Inside your home
Callers at the door
Answering the phone
Dealing with malicious or nuisance calls
If you suspect an intruder
Outside your home
Selling your property is a stressful business and there’s a lot to think about but it’s important that you also consider your personal safety. The selling process can involve a number of complete strangers looking around your home and this is not without risk. However, by taking the following precautions you can improve your safety.
If you are selling your property through an estate agent, confirm that they will check all potential viewers’ identities. Make it clear to them that you do not want anyone viewing your property whose identity has not been checked.
If you live alone, or are alone in the property for most of the day, consider NOT having a ‘for sale’ sign outside. You will then avoid ‘buyers’ turning up on your doorstep asking to be shown around.
Ask your estate agent for all viewers to be accompanied by someone from their office.
If you are selling the property yourself, get as much information as possible from the potential buyer before arranging a viewing and make sure you give that information to a friend or relative before the buyer arrives.
Always carry out an identity check. Ask for a work number and call it to confirm they are who they say they are.
Always check who will be coming to the viewing. If they say they will be alone and more people turn up, do not let them into the property. Make an excuse – one which implies there are other people in the house. If they arrange to come another time, make sure that someone is with you for the viewing.
Whenever possible try to avoid being alone in the property when conducting viewings. If you’re single or your partner is unable to be there, ask a friend or family member to be with you.
If you do have to carry out a viewing alone, then give the viewer the impression that a friend/partner will be coming round to the property shortly. You should also consider checking the viewer in. You can do this by making a call to a friend or relative as soon as they arrive saying – “Mr X has just arrived for the viewing. We should be finished in X time and I’ll call you back then.’ The viewer then knows they have been ‘registered’ as having arrived and that someone is watching out for you.
You can also arrange a code word with your contact so that if any of the viewers make you feel uncomfortable for any reason, you can say the code word on the phone, which will warn your friend that you feel unsafe but the viewer will have no idea you have done this.
If your friend hears the code word, they should either make their way round – or send someone – to your property as soon as possible.
If you feel threatened or uneasy at any point, you should trust your instincts and act immediately. Make an excuse that you need to get something from your car and get out of the house. You could then go to a neighbour and ask them to return to the house with you until the viewer leaves. By leaving the viewer in your property alone, you may put your valuables at risk but that’s better than putting yourself at risk.
When conducting the viewing, stay alert. Be friendly but professional and avoid giving out too much personal information. Try to look confident and in control at all times.
If the potential viewer comes back without an appointment, do not feel you have to let them into the property just because you have met them once. Obviously you don’t want to offend a potential buyer but politely make an excuse not to let them in, preferably one that suggests there is someone else in the property, and ask them to call and make an appointment for another time.
Make sure you keep your personal safety in mind at all times and never allow your natural inclination to be polite – or your desire to make a sale – put you at risk.
Ensure you have a means of communicating with others.
Some form of emergency alarm system should be in place which will enable you to summon assistance if necessary. Is it tested? Do people know how to respond?
Make sure that any cash is kept out of sight.
Try not to advertise that you work from home to prospective clients.
Consider setting up a buddy system with someone so they know your plans for the day.
Think about asking your ‘buddy’ to call you 10 minutes into any meeting with a new client to check that you are ok and feel comfortable with them. Have a predetermined code word ready in case you want to summon help.
If clients have to come to your house, use rooms that are as professional looking as possible.
Give some thought before you arrive as to what exit strategies you could use if you felt uncomfortable or threatened.
Conduct your own risk assessment on the door step before you enter. If you feel at all uncomfortable or unsure, make an excuse and leave. Trust your instincts.
Be mindful of the fact that you are entering someone else’s territory. Your presence there may be unwanted and/or pose a threat.
As you enter, make a note of how the door opens and closes so that you can leave quickly, if necessary.
Give the client an idea of how long the meeting will take and try to adhere to this.
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers, including unpaid volunteers or self-employed, “to prepare… a written statement of his general policy with respect to the health and safety at work of his employees”. They must also put in place “systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health”.
If you are a lone worker, it is important that both you and your employer give particular consideration for your safety.
Christmas is a time to relax and have fun but it can also be very busy and stressful. You may be out and about more than usual for that essential Christmas shopping and to festive parties and other social events. To reduce the risk of experiencing crime during the festive season here are some helpful tips:
An honest face or a good story can hide a trick to get in to your home.
Never let someone into your house because you don’t want to seem rude or unsympathetic
Most energy companies give you the option to submit readings by phone and online, and this could be used to avoid the above situation.
No one can say with any certainty what they would do if faced with difficult or stressful situations.
Many factors can affect the way you behave; from your own confidence and experience to how you are feeling on the day. There are no right or wrong answers but it will help if you think through the options ahead of time.
Be aware of changes in the behaviour in the person you are with, especially if you are discussing something that could result in an angry or irritated response. It is very rare for aggression or violence to come from nowhere.
Try to use your own communication skills to defuse a difficult situation early on, thinking how about how tone, volume and body language can help to create a calming atmosphere.
If the person you are with is getting angry, try to remain calm. It is best not to meet aggression with aggression.
Avoid entering the aggressor’s personal space or touching them, as could make the aggressor feel threatened and can escalate the situation.
Beware of your own body language, adopting a neutral and non-threatening position to help create a calming atmosphere.
· Trust your instincts,
· Never underestimate a threat,
· If you feel uneasy or alarm bells start ringing — act right away.
If you cannot de-escalate the situation:
Get away from the aggressor.
Be assertive but avoid meeting aggression with aggression.
Use exit strategies — have a pre-planned way to excuse yourself from a difficult situation. For example, you can’t help them so you are going to get someone who can sort the problem out for them.
Apply diversion techniques to distract them whilst you make your exit.
Use your voice — shout a specific instruction such as “Call the police!”
Use a Personal Safety alarm.
Remember, the earlier you spot a potential problem arising the more choices you have to avoid it.
Reporting and recording
There is no guarantee that you will be able to completely avoid violence and aggression in your working life. So it is important to know where you can go for help should you experience an incident.
Find out in advance what the reporting procedures are in your organisation and who to go to after an incident.
If something happens to you, tell your employer. By law they are expected to provide you with support and need to re-assess the risks so that they can put in extra control measures.
It is important to report near misses as well as actual incidents.
Physical self defence should only ever be used as a last resort with the only purpose being to get away from your attacker.
Remember also that if you use excessive force, you could be legally liable for assault.
Try to find a well-lit plot near exit and entrance points.
Identify campsite managers and officials – do they have a contact number for emergencies?
Consider taking very few valuable possessions, and don’t leave them unattended in your tent.
Avoid putting a padlock on your tent as potential thieves may assume this means there are valuables inside.
If you return to your tent to discover a stranger in it, contact site management, security or the police.
If parked onsite, don’t leave anything valuable in your car. Leave your glove compartment empty and open.
Keep in contact.
Keep your mobile phone charged so that you can communicate at all times. Check out if there are onsite recharging facilities, or take a portable charger with you.
Consider agreeing where your group will meet at certain times of the day, in case someone loses their phone/has it stolen/their batteries die etc. and they cannot be contacted.
If possible, stay in groups.
What to carry.
Keep your phone on you at all times.
Keep some cash on you at all times.
Take note of your bank's emergency number so you can contact them if your cards are lost or stolen.
Carry a torch – a head torch will mean your path is lit, and your hands are free.
Stay alert and aware.
Try to stick to well-lit, busy areas when possible.
Be aware of aggressive behaviour from others, and remove yourself from aggressive situations.
Never leave your drink unattended. If you feel unwell, tell security or venue staff.
If you are a victim of crime, contact on site security or police immediately. Report any incident, even near misses, as soon as possible.
Consider carrying a personal safety alarm.
Before you go out, consider how you are going to get home, e.g. Can you travel home with a friend? What time does the last bus/train leave?
Prepare for your day before you leave – consider what you might need.
Update someone on your plans.
Consider carrying a personal alarm.
Plan your journey – google street view is particularly useful for identifying landmarks in an unknown area.
When travelling on foot.
Try to use well-lit, busy streets and use the route you know best.
Plan your route, and look confident as you travel.
If you do have to pass higher risk areas, consider what how you’d respond if you felt threatened.
Consider heading for a public place; somewhere you know there will be other people, for example a garage or shop.
Whenever possible, walk facing oncoming traffic to avoid curb crawlers.
If you think you are being followed, trust your instincts and take action. As confidently as you can, cross the road, turning to see who is behind you. If you are still being followed, keep moving. Head to a busy area and tell people what is happening. If necessary, call the police.
Keep your mind on your surroundings – avoid distractions such as your mobile phone or headphones.
Be aware when using cash point machines. If there are signs of tampering or people acting suspiciously, do not use it.
Try not to keep all your valuables in one place. It’s a good idea to keep valuables such as wallets in an inside pocket.
Consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which can be used to shock and disorientate an attacker giving you vital seconds to get away.
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Safety when out and about
We provide free training for staff and volunteers working within charities who have a turnover of up to £500,000 per annum.
The aim of this training is to reduce the risk of violence and aggression towards people carrying out vital work at grass roots level in our communities.
These interactive sessions last from 1.5 to 2 hours and can cover topics such as:
* Working in other people’s homes;
* Lone working;
* Safety when travelling.
Benefits of training
Attendees will learn practical tips and techniques which will help them to:
* Make their everyday work activities safer;
* Identify and avoid risk;
* Work together with colleagues and managers to ensure everybody’s safety.
* Change the way personal safety is perceived within these organisations;
* Feel safer, increasing their confidence and therefore improving their quality and enjoyment of work.
“Your training has really paid off. We can’t believe the changes that have occurred out in the field as a result of the training and we are getting more forms through from staff reporting incidents. And as a result making some real changes to reduce any risk of harm”. – Small charity training attendee