National Stalking Awareness Week 2016

STALKING COUNTS

2016’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 focussing on online stalking behaviours 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 

Police figures

The number of stalking cases recorded by the police represents less than 1%10 of the cases that take place each year. There is an alarming discrepancy between the numbers of recorded stalking crimes across different police force areas. A number of police forces reported that their recorded stalking figures for 2014/2015 were lower than their recorded stalking figures for 2013/2014.


Service Provision by Police and Crime Commissioners 

Since 2013, only nine police and crime commissioners have commissioned services that specifically work with victims of stalking at any point. Only 0.18% of the total police and crime commissioner budget for victims’ services for England and Wales in 2015/2016 was spent on stalking-specific projects.


Stalking and Domestic Homicide 

Despite experts recognising the link between stalking and domestic homicide, only 27 domestic homicide reviews in the last five years have identified stalking in the lead up to the murder of the victim. Suzy Lamplugh Trust is concerned that domestic homicide reviews are not always accurately identifying stalking behaviour. We are calling for more research on this topic.

Read the full report here

Stalker in Your Pocket

An online survey of 4054 adults was conducted in collaboration with YouGov looked into the problem of both offline and online stalking. 

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Of all those who have been stalked, 22.2% have withdrawn from some form online activity and/or social media;

Of those who have been stalked online, 43.1% have withdrawn from some form online activity and/or social media.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;

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.

 

 

You Tube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyL-m-igiEE