Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today reiterated his commitment to tackling stalking as the country marks a national awareness week.
Supporting his colleagues nationally, the PCC called for stalking to be treated with greater severity and warned of the dangerous consequences of overlooking the needs of victims.
In a move to increase support for victims, the PCC announced fresh plans to fund a pilot project later this year offering specialist help to anyone affected by stalking.
It came as police forces across the UK prepare to support National Stalking Awareness Week – an annual call to action to recognise and respond to the serious crime of stalking.
The development of the new support service is in its early stages however the PCC said he would be working closely with experienced, specialist, partners to give victims the full attention and help they deserved.
“Failing to give stalking the gravity it warrants can have tragic consequences, as we have seen in the past,” said Mr Tipping.
“Stalking can quickly escalate and it’s vital we listen, act and support victims at the earliest opportunity – lives depend on it.
“In the past, victims have felt let down and frustrated by the system designed to protect them. We must learn from these lessons and ensure all victims of stalking are validated, supported and safeguarded in the future.
“For this reason we are exploring a new approach to support that better recognises the turmoil and devastation that stalking inflicts on its victims.”
Stalking can be defined as a pattern of persistent and unwanted attention that makes the recipient feel pestered, scared, anxious or harassed.
Data from the Crime Survey of England and Wales shows more than 700,000 and 388,000 men are stalked each year. Violence has been estimated to occur in around 30% of cases and is considered a major risk factor in the lead up to domestic homicides.
National Stalking Awareness Week runs from Monday 8th April to Friday 12 April.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, the charity founded in 1986 following the disappearance and presumed murder of 25-year-old estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, runs the national stalking helpline for victims on 0808 802 0300.
Nottinghamshire Police is at the forefront of work to tackle stalking including the recruitment of a Stalking Safeguarding Officer and the introduction of multi-agency Stalking Clinics focusing on the management of perpetrators.
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Posted on Tuesday 9th April 2019