Statement – Stalking Awareness Week

Wednesday 21st April 2021

 

 

We are pleased that there is a spotlight on the issue of stalking during this week of April 19th – 25th 2021 thanks to the campaign by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. At Women Out West we support women who are affected by many forms of domestic abuse which can include stalking. It is recognised by the CPS and police that this offence is often committed by ex-partners and is a form of domestic abuse. it is also acknowledged that it is not just ex-partners who perpetrate this type of crime.

We advise any person concerned about stalking to get in touch with the police in the first instance. There is further support available from other organisations including the Victim’s Support’s Independent Violence Advisory Service (IDVA). Information is available via this link. https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/resources/cumbria/

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is another source of excellent support and advice. They can be contacted on 0800 2000 247 or https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

Women Out West would like to highlight that we take all cases of stalking seriously, as evidence shows that stalking can be the first stage of more serious abuse.