National Stalking Awareness Week

Posted April, 2022

We continue to live in a society which romanticizes stalking and in which victims, particularly women, are widely disbelieved and consistently let down by the police.

Since the pandemic there has been a significant increase in stalking offences, with over 80,000 incidents recorded by police across England and Wales in 2020. Increased time and access to technology have had a huge impact on victims of domestic abuse as it provides a platform for control, monitoring, and isolation from support networks.

Online abuse has risen as technology continues to improve, including the use of spyware, GPS tracking, and even drones in stalking. As technology continues to advance, it’s more important than ever to stay Cyber Safe – we recommend reading Vertias’ Cyber Safety Advice


women supported by RISE every year


women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone


of violent crimes are domestic abuse related

What is stalking?

Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted behaviour which causes you to feel distressed or scared. Stalking and Harassment are criminal offences that are recognised by law as malicious acts to cause fear and distress.

Stalking is a criminal offence under the Protection from Harassment Act, and over 700,000 women experience stalking each year according to the Crime Survey of England and Wales.

Are you concerned you’re being stalked?

  • Contact Veritas Justice for specialist advocacy and support.
  • Report all incidents of stalking to the police, this helps to build a pattern of behaviour.
  • Call the National Stalking Helpline 0808 802 0300 between 9.30am and 4pm on weekdays and up to 8pm on Wednesdays.
  • Use the 'Am I Being Stalked' Tool and read our ways to stay safe online
  • Get in contact with our Helpline for information and support.