Stalking is a crime – but there is still a lack of understanding about what behaviours constitute stalking.
That is why we are supporting National Stalking Awareness Week 2019 (8-12 April), which starts today.
Stalking is a pattern of repeated and persistent unwanted behaviour that is intrusive and engenders fear. It is when one person becomes fixated or obsessed with another and the attention is unwanted.
The behaviour may not include threats or violence, but victims may still feel scared. Threats are not required for the criminal offence of stalking to be prosecuted.
Monitoring, loitering, interfering and spying are types of stalking commonly experienced by victims.
Other signs of stalking include:
- Frequent phone calls and text messages
- Publishing material that relates to you
- Messages on social media
- Notes left on your car
- Gifts left at your home
- Being followed
- Someone visiting your home or workplace
- Threats or violence
- Damage to property
South Yorkshire Police Detective Inspector, Joanne Kemp said: “We take reports of stalking very seriously and our specially trained officers can support victims and signpost them to further help, as well as bringing perpetrators to justice.
“There is still a lack of understanding around the types of behaviour that are recognised as stalking in law, which is why South Yorkshire Police is backing this national campaign.”
The week-long national campaign will focus on raising awareness of stalking and spotting the signs that it is occurring.
If you think you are being stalked, report it to us by calling 101. If you, or someone else is in immediate danger, call 999.
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