25th Jun 2019 Campaign

SETDAB Stalking campaign

What is stalking?

Stalking is a pattern of unwanted, fixated and obsessive behaviour which is intrusive and causes fear of violence or serious alarm or distress.

Stalking is a criminal offence and anyone can be a victim. On average 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men will experience stalking in their adult life. It causes victims to make changes to their lives such as stopping or changing the way they socialise, changing their routes to work or isolating themselves. This in turn can have substantial adverse effects on mental and physical health.

Most victims know their stalker but the most common is the ‘ex-intimate’. These perpetrators have been in a previous relationship with the victim, usually abusive and controlling in nature. Stalking will begin once the relationship ends in an attempt to keep control.

A stalker will have little or no regard for their victim and boundaries no longer exist. Although victims ‘just want it to stop’, the words ‘no’ and ‘stop’ become meaningless to the stalker and typically the stalking behaviour will escalate.

What are the signs of stalking?

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Profile of a stalker

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A victims story

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Stalking is a crime

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Campaign material

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Where to get help

Changing Pathways is an Essex based charity and they are committed to helping individuals live a life free from domestic abuse.

The stalking support team at Changing Pathways help both men and women aged 16 or above by using an empowering approach, assisting the survivor to address their immediate safety needs and setting them on a pathway to recovery based on their own personal experiences.

If you are spotting the signs of stalking please contact the trained professionals at Changing Pathways who will help and support you. They will talk you through any worries you may have, free and confidentially.

01268 729707

If you are in immediate danger call 999.

*All quotes from information sourced are from Changing Pathways