Campaigns & Research Stalking National Stalking Awareness Week STALKING COUNTS (NATIONAL STALKING AWARENESS WEEK 2016) This year’s campaign shone a light on why ‘Stalking Counts’ and encouraged others who work with people affected by stalking to do the show what they do to support victims of stalking. We commissioned a new nationwide survey - The Stalker In Your Pocket - and released new figures providing a national picture of services available for victims of stalking in Britain and the number of stalking crimes recorded by the police. Key Findings Nearly a fifth of all British adult women (18%) and 8% of all British adult men had been stalked. There is nowhere to hide on social media: 8% of people that have been stalked had been stalked using online methods such as by Facebook or email. Victims often respond to stalking by disconnecting from the internet: Of all those who have been stalked, 22.2% have withdrawn from some form online activity and/or social media; Of those who have been stalked online, 43.1% have withdrawn from some form online activity and/or social media. Many victims do not make a police report and the response by police can be mixed: Of all online and offline stalking cases in Britain, only 26.6% had been reported to the police; Of those who reported any form of stalking to the police, 43.4% found their response not very helpful or not helpful at all; Where online stalking was the sole form of stalking behaviour, only 9.8% of people reported it to the police; In 2015, the National Stalking Helpline run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust, received over 6,500 calls and emails for help and advice. The Helpline was not able to answer all calls because of limited capacity and a year-on-year increase in demand for the service. Victims should not need to change their lives but many feel that they have to: 9.5% moved home; 26% stopped answering their telephone; 1% stopped answering their front door ; 4% stopped using their mobile phone. Despite the laws in place against stalking, it continues to have a huge impact on victims’ lives: Victims are encouraged to report to police however Suzy Lamplugh Trust knows from the work we do with victims of stalking that the response of authorities is not always good enough; Although a large and growing number of people are stalked online, many don’t know that there are laws to protect them. IS IT STALKING? (National Stalking Awareness Week 2015) That is the vital question addressed in our awareness-raising film launched for National Stalking Awareness Week 2015. With 1 in 6 women and 1 in 12 men being stalked at some point in their lives (CSEW2013) the film helps to raise awareness about what stalking is and to make clear it’s not romantic, trivial or funny – its worrying, serious and illegal. The two-minute animated film, ‘This is Stalking’ looks at what stalking is and the different ways it can manifest as well as offering practical help and support for people who are experiencing it, through the National Stalking Helpline. Stalking is a very common and sinister problem in the UK but there are still a lot of myths that need to be dispelled, which is why this film is so important. For all printable resources from previous years of National Stalking Awareness Week please go to the resources section of our website.