National Stalking Awareness Week
Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April 2019
On the 15th March the Stalking Protection Act 2019 came into force.
We know that victims of stalking experience psychological trauma including:
- Denial, confusion, self-doubt, questioning if what is happening is unreasonable, wondering if they are over-reacting
- Depression (all symptoms related to depression)
- Anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia (frightened to leave the house, never feeling safe)
- Difficulty concentrating, attending and remembering things
- Inability to sleep – nightmares, ruminating
- Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress disorder e.g. hyper vigilance (always on the lookout), flashbacks of frightening incidents, easily startled
- Self-medication alcohol/ drugs or using prescribed medications
- Suicide thoughts and/or suicide attempts
We also know that stalking behaviours were present in 94% of homicide cases showing the extreme impact on victims’ physical and mental wellbeing.
What is National Stalking Awareness Week about?
The aim of National Stalking Awareness Week is raise awareness of stalking and the stories behind the statistics. This year Suzy Lamplugh Trust and the National Stalking Consortium are focusing on the impact stalking has on victims’ mental and emotional health as well as their physical safety. The NTSCB is supporting the campaign and we want to raise awareness amongst professionals of the seriousness of stalking and that #StalkingStealsLives
During National Stalking Awareness Week the Suzy Lamplugh Trust is holding a conference focusing on the health impacts of stalking, which are devastating for victims. More details and tickets are available here.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust also offers a Helpline
The National Stalking Helpline which can be contacted on 0808 802 0300
Calls are free from all landline telephones and also from mobiles using the O2, Orange, T Mobile, Three (3), Virgin, and Vodafone networks. Calls will not be shown on BT landline bills. If you are using another telephone provider please enquire with them about whether 080880 numbers will appear on your phone bill.
In this section you can find out about the National Stalking Helpline including information about what we do and how to contact us. If you are looking for information about stalking then please click here
If you would like administrative information or for any request that is not linked to advice please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org