This month, we are launching our Reach Appeal for the National Stalking Helpline, and we need your help to ensure our success 

The National Stalking Helpline responds to almost 5,000 calls and emails from victims annually, offering non-judgmental, practical support to victims of stalking. In the last few years, we have grown the National Stalking Helpline, not only in breadth but also in depth. Since we launched the Helpline eight years ago, the number of requests for help we can respond to each year has almost tripled. In 2015 we also launched a new casework service, offering longer term, more intensive support to a smaller number of victims with more complex cases, liaising and advocating on their behalf with criminal justice (and other) agencies to ensure they receive a safe and appropriate response. 

We are approaching the end of two large grants for the National Stalking Helpline and, while we have applied for continuation of both, these are not yet guaranteed. We are launching this appeal to ensure that we can continue to meet the ever-increasing demand on this service, particularly while we await these major funding decisions. The Reach Appeal has a number of goals, and we’d love your support to help us achieve them: 

Help us reach more victims of stalking with guidance and support.  
Currently, many people who call the National Stalking Helpline can’t get through.  

Help someone being stalked to reach out and pick up the phone, rather than suffering in silence.  
1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men will experience stalking at some point in their lives, making stalking one of the most common forms of interpersonal violence.  

Reach out to someone when they need it most.  
Stalking is terrifying, isolating and insidious – sometimes all a victim wants is to be heard and believed.  

Help our information reach more people who are experiencing stalking but don’t know it.  
Those victims who don’t realize that what they are experiencing is a crime may not be aware of the danger they could be in – it’s vital that we raise awareness. 

What could your donation do? 

  • £10 could help fund the training of one of our dedicated volunteers, who support advisors in responding to emails, giving advice and support directly to victims of stalking 

  • £20 could pay for one call from another professional to be answered: our advisors often assist social workers, domestic abuse professionals and police officers in how they can best support stalking victims and ensure they get the best possible outcome

  • £40 could fund our advisors to answer one call from a victim: our calls often take over an hour as stalking is so complex, and our expert advisors risk-assess each client and provide them with detailed advice and safety-planning information, as well as explaining how the criminal and civil legal systems could help them 

  • £100 could cover the full costs of running the helpline service for an hour

  • £1,100 could cover the cost of supporting a victim via our casework service: because stalking can affect so many parts of a victim's life, the support can involve advocating with dozens of professionals, agencies and services to ensure the victim is given proper safety, support and justice

  • £4,000 could cover the full costs of running the helpline service for a week
     

How can you help? 

  1. Make a donation online at www.suzylamplugh.org/reach  
  2. Send us a cheque or sign up for a regular gift
  3. Hold a collection at work or make a donation in place of sending company Christmas cards this year. 
  4. Tell a friend (or five) about this appeal and why you’re a fan!