Stalking can consist of any type of behaviour 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. You can find out more about harassment here on our harassment page.
In the age of digital communication and social media, cyberstalking is often used as a extension of 'offline' stalking. However, it can also be done by itself. Cyberstalking should be treated as seriously as 'offline' stalking. You will find all of the information about cyberstalking on its own page.
You can find more answers on the Frequently Asked Questions Page.
Support is available to you, whether you report it to the Police or not. There are specialist stalking support services that you can contact and get advice, information and support from. You can see the details of these services to the right of this page or using the search bar at the top.
Reporting to the Police
If you want to report it to the Police, you can do this by calling 101, attending your local police station or through the report online form.
Remember, if you are in danger or if it is an emergency please call 999.
Court Orders and Stalking Protection Orders
You can take forward action through civil law courts by applying for an injunction. This is an order from a court that the person stops doing the acts that amount to stalking or harassment.
You do have to pay for civil proceedings, including court costs and the cost of any lawyer you instruct.
The Police also now have the power to apply for Stalking Protection Orders. These are civil orders that when broken are a criminal offence. Within the Order, the Police can attach terms such as prohibitions (an activity that cannot be done) and positive requirements (activities that should be done).
The following videos were created for National Stalking Awareness Week and provide some information and advice around stalking.