We are concerned about repeat offending amongst stalkers, whether targeted against the same victim or against multiple victims. It is therefore important that psychiatric assessments of stalkers are made at the earliest opportunity and followed by effective perpetrator treatment programmes.

We would like to see the creation of a treatment programme specifically for stalkers both in and out of prison. Existing domestic abuse perpetrator programmes are not suitable for stalkers in most cases, particularly when the perpetrator has had no previous intimate relationship with the victim (this is the case for 60% of victims who contact the National Stalking Helpline). In many cases, putting a stalker who has had no relationship with their victim on a programme for domestic abusers may risk reinforcing the stalker’s unfounded belief that they are/have been in a relationship with their victim and therefore exacerbating their stalking behaviour.