Suzy Lamplugh Trust welcomed remarks made by Judge Gregory Dickinson QC in the 2016 case of Jason Lawrance, who was found guilty of five counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault, against four women he met on the online dating website

Judge Gregory Dickinson QC stated: “It does seem to me that, in this age of easy access to data and records, there should be a system that allows one authority to be a central point of contact for any complaint of this nature… consideration should be given to a system of automatic referral to the police or some other central agency of any complaint that is made."

Suzy Lamplugh Trust was asked by in 2015 to work with its staff to be better able to identify risk to its users by other users of the site. Following this work, Suzy Lamplugh Trust strongly recommended to the Online Dating Association that the online dating industry take a lead on sharing risk information as recommended by the judge. Suzy Lamplugh Trust further recommended that, should this require a change in the law, the industry should be leading the call for such a change.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust, which runs the National Stalking Helpline, regularly encounters victims of stalking at high risk of harm from their stalkers, whose concerns are not taken seriously by those in a position to improve their safety. Rachel Griffin, director of Suzy Lamplugh Trust said, “Online dating sites have a duty to take safety concerns raised by users of their services very seriously. Concerns should never be dismissed as ‘a bad date’. Victims of any type of harassment or assault should be encouraged to come forward and reassured that if they do so, they will be heard and supported and have their identity protected.”