New protection for victims of “stranger stalking”

Published 7 December 2016

The introduction of new stalking protection orders, which will help protect victims at the earliest possible stage, has been announced by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd. This is part of a package of government measures to prevent violence against women and girls.

Stalking can affect anyone and can have devastating consequences for victims. Recent figures on the prevalence of stalking show an estimated one in five women and one in ten men becoming victims during their lifetimes.

Better protection for victims

The new orders will mean victims are kept safe while police gather vital evidence ahead of a potential prosecution being brought. They also offer additional protection at an early stage for anyone who has not been intimate relationship with their stalker, helping those targeted by strangers, acquaintances or colleagues, as well as professionals such as doctors who may be targeted by patients.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

“Stalking can have devastating consequences and I am determined that we do all we can to protect victims from these prolonged and terrifying campaigns of abuse that can last years, leaving many people too afraid to leave their homes and unable to get on with their lives. Four years ago this government created specific stalking offences to ensure those responsible face justice. Today I want to go even further and offer protection at the first signs of stalking, stopping offenders in their tracks.”

Stalking protection orders form part of a package of government action announced during the 16 days of action following the 25 November International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women. The package includes measures to support all victims, boost early intervention and prevent offending.

Support

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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