24 April: National Stalking Awareness Day. Raising awareness of stalking in the workplace

Published 24 April 2014

“Working without fear” is the theme of this year’s National Stalking Awareness Day campaign, which aims to eliminate workplace stalking and provide information to employers about how they can support employees who disclose stalking behaviour.

With around a quarter of all calls received by the National Stalking Helpline relating to workplace stalking, the Helpline decided to highlight this issue on the third anniversary of the UK National Stalking Awareness day. Callers who report workplace stalking to the Helpline are often reluctant to inform their employer what they are going through for fear of not being understood and supported, as well as from fear of negative repercussions.

As part of the campaign, the Helpline has produced a guide for employers which explains why it’s important to have a stalking policy in place, and how they can respond appropriately to disclosures of stalking from employees. The guide also has links to support organisations for people who believe they’re being stalked. You can access the document from the National Stalking Helpline website

Stalking and the workplace

  • 1 in 20 callers to the National Stalking Helpline are stalked by a colleague or ex colleague.
  • In a quarter of cases reported to our Helpline, a stalker will turn up at the victim’s workplace
  • Many stalkers who turn up at the workplace will be ex-partners of female victims of stalking who may have also experienced domestic abuse within the relationship.

If you or someone you know is being stalked, you should report it to your local police force on 101 or 999 if you are in immediate danger. You can also receive information and advice from the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 or via email at advice@stalkinghelpline.org.

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