Suzy Lamplugh Trust was founded by Diana and Paul Lamplugh following the disappearance of their daughter Suzy, a young estate agent, in 1986. Since then, the charity has pioneered personal safety as a life skill and a public policy priority. Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s vision is a society in which people are safer – and feel safer – from violence and aggression; we want people to be able to live life to the full. We work towards this vision through campaigning, education and support.
Sussex Stalking Support is devoted to helping victims of stalking and raising awareness of the complex issues surrounding this crime. From peer support sessions to creative therapy groups, they provide ongoing trauma and support work to assist individual recovery.
The National Stalking Helpline is run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
They can help you by giving you information and guidance on topics including:
- The law in relation to stalking and harassment in the United Kingdom
- Reporting stalking or harassment
- Effective gathering of evidence
- Ensuring your personal safety and that of your friends and family
- Practical steps to reduce the risk
Our extensive knowledge of domestic abuse, child protection and stalking issues inform our educational, legal and therapeutic expertise, which qualify us to offer a comprehensive and unique service to our clients. We aim to empower and enable individuals to make informed decisions within the criminal and family justice systems and encourage professional responsibility to ensure the decision making process is centred on client/victim best interests.
We work with people who want to change their lives for the better and achieve positive and life-affirming goals.
We believe that everyone has the right to lead the best life they can. Our accessible services empower people to improve their health and wellbeing and take control of the direction of their lives.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Substance misuse
- Children and young people’s services
- Family services
- Accommodation & homelessness
- Clinical services
- Criminal justice
Giving evidence as a witness can be daunting and the court process can be complicated and difficult to understand. The Citizens Advice Witness Service provides free and independent support for both prosecution and defence witnesses in every criminal court in England and Wales.
Citizens Advice Witness Service have specially trained volunteers to provide practical information about the court process as well as emotional support to help witnesses feel more confident when giving evidence.
- provide information about the court process
- show witnesses the courtroom ahead of the trial (called a pre-trial visit)
- be there to talk to in confidence
- accompany witnesses when they give their evidence
- be there to give support on the day of the trial; at verdict and sentencing
- help prepare witnesses who need extra support, this can be at their home or another safe place
- help claim expenses
- work with other agencies to make sure the right support is provided
- refer witnesses to our partners, including local Citizens Advice after the trial for support with other issues
Help and support for all survivors of domestic or sexual abuse or violence in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. The Portal is a partnership of three leading Sussex Abuse Charities; RISE, Survivors Network and CGL. Visit the website for more information, to download a poster or to order printed materials.
RISE is a charity. RISE stands for Refuge, Information, Support and Education. We help and support people in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex affected by violence and abuse. Services include:
- Refuge accommodation
- Domestic abuse helpline
- LGBT* Specialist service
- Support with criminal or civil proceedings
- Support Groups
- Drop In
- Individual support and advice
- Children and Young People's Support
- Training and education
RISE staff are based at Sussex County Hospital A&E, Brighton Police station and other community venues. You are not alone. You are not to blame. Help and support are available.
Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime, not only victims, but their friends, family and any other people involved. Because they're an independent charity, you can talk to them whether or not you reported the crime to the police. They can help you find the strength to deal with what you've been through.
Victim Support also have the following specialist services in Sussex:
Hate Incident Support Service (HISS)- West Sussex. The HISS is a third party reporting centre & also provide emotional and practical support to victims of Hate Crime and Hate Incidents.You can self refer by contacting Victim Support's main service or by emailing the specialist hate incident contact address.
Hate Crime Independent Victims Advocate (HCIVA)- East Sussex. The HCIVA role is a specialist advocate supporting victims of hate crime through emotional and practical support. You can self refer by contacting Victim Support's main service.
Fraud Caseworkers- Sussex wide. Two specialist caseworkers supporting vulnerable victims of fraud by providing tailored emotional and practical support, putting in place effective interventions to help minimise the risk of re-victimisation. Referrals are through Sussex Police and their Operation Signature initiative.
Legally, the term harassment is used to cover the 'causing alarm or distress' and 'putting people in fear of violence' offences under a certain law (Protection from Harassment Act 1997).
Harassment can include repeated attempts to carry out unwanted communications and contact on someone in a manner that could be expected to cause distress or fear.
Stalking has no strict legal definition. However, changes to law in 2012 set out a number of behaviours associated with stalking which gives an indication of the types of behaviour that may be displayed in a stalking offence. For something to be considered stalking it must include the act of harassment.
For example; following a person, watching or spying on them, forcing contact on them through any means (including social media).
The effect of behaviour is to limit a persons feeling of freedom and safety. In many cases, the acts on their own may appear innocent, but when carried out repeatedly it causes significant alarm or distress.
In other terms, stalking is behaviour that is fixated, obsessive, unwanted and repeated and causes you fear.
No. Stalking can be done by both strangers and someone you know/knew.
Just because you may know the stalker does not mean that the situation is your fault - it is still stalking and it is wrong.
You can find out more information about stalking here.
Stalking can consist of any type of behaviour, including online, that is persistent, unwanted and causes fear, distress or anxiety. Anyone can become a victim of stalking and the stalker can be someone you know or a stranger. Even if you know/knew the stalker, it is not your fault. Stalking and harassment is something that no one should have to experience.
There are several things you can do. You can take civil action as well as reporting to the Police to take criminal action.
You can also get support and advice from specialist support services, regardless of whether you have reported to the Police.
If you think you are experiencing stalking or harassment, you can also keep a diary of events. Write down the date, time, location and details of things that happen. This can then be used if you do decide to report to the Police.
You can find out more information here.
Cyber crime is any crime that is committed using a form of Information Communications Technology (ICT), for example a computer. Cyber-dependent crimes are ones that can only be committed using ICT, such as hacking, whereas cyber-enabled crimes are traditional crimes (such as stalking or fraud) that can be increased through using ICT.