If a person's behaviour towards you is persistent and clearly unwanted, causing you fear, harassment or anxiety, then it is stalking and you should not have to live with it.
Stalking is not funny, romantic or acceptable. It is sinister, distressing and illegal. We will support victims and take action against offenders.
To help raise awareness of the support available to people affected by stalking we are taking part in the Suzy Lamplugh Trust National Stalking Awareness Week.
During last year’s campagin - ‘Is this stalking’ – the Suzy Lamplugh Trust released a video to give people a clearer understanding of stalking and dispel myths and misunderstandings which have built up around it.
“‘Is this stalking? is a question people should feel able to ask themselves and their loved ones if they are receiving unwanted attention. It is also a question for those persistent individuals who often try and convince themselves their behaviour is acceptable."
- Suzy Lamplugh Trust
Watch this clip to find out more:
Stalking can happen to people of any age, gender or race. This crime affects 1 in 6 women and 1 in 12 men at some point in their lives.
Stalking and harassment also affects young people as well as adults but can sometimes be dismissed as bullying rather than stalking. We’re working in schools and colleges across the Avon and Somerset force area to raise awareness of online safety, promote healthy relationships and encourage young people to take steps to protect themselves when using social networks and online games.
There are a number of steps you can take if you think you are experiencing stalking:
Research has shown that on average some victims of stalking experience over 100 incidents before contacting the police.
We want to reassure people that we will take action when reports are made and encourage more people to come forward. Our officers and staff are trained to access risk and support you throughout the investigation.
If you are a victim of stalking, our advice page has details on ways you can contact us, including our online reporting form. If you feel a person's behaviour is putting you in immediate danger, you should call 999 straight away.
The National Stalking Helpline provides guidance and information to anybody who is currently or has previously been affected by harassment or stalking.
0808 802 0300 (09:30 - 16:00 weekdays except Wed 13:00 16:00)
Free and confidential emotional support and practical advice to help victims cope and recover from crime.
0845 30 30 900
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust provide advice and information on topics including personal safety and stalking. The charity have been running awareness days to raise awareness of stalking for a number of years.
This year, the charity are extending their campaign and have launched the first Stalking Awareness Week. For more information visit www.suzylamplugh.org