Sussex Police support National Stalking Awareness Day tomorrow (Thursday April 24th), helping distribute information about advice and assistance for people who are being stalked or harassed.
The Awareness Day is being promoted by the National Stalking Helpline.
Detective Superintendent Paul Furnell said: “This year’s national theme is about harassment and stalking in the workplace, and the aim is to help eliminate this, providing information to employers about how they can support employees who disclose stalking behaviour.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Stalking is an appalling crime that destroys lives. The impact on victims is significant as I know from personal experience.
“I fully support any initiatives that encourage victims of stalking to report it and get the protection they need so they do not have to live in fear. I was fortunate but others might not be so lucky.”
Since November 2012 stalking has been a specific crime under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. There are two offences – one of ‘stalking’, triable at Magistrates Court only, and one of ‘stalking involving fear of violence or serious harm or distress’. This more serious offence could be tried at Crown Court with a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.
Since the new legislation came into force in November 2012, Sussex Police have recorded 81 crimes involving stalking. 31 have already resulted in detections.
For further information about the Awareness Day and how employers can help see – www.stalkinghelpline.org – phone 0808 802 0300
For further information about stalking on the Sussex Police website see – http://www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/ask-us/harassment,-stalking-and-bullying
If you want to talk to the police about a stalking or harassment issue, dial 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or in an emergency dial 999 at any time.
If you don’t want to talk to the police, or your employer, talk to someone. These organisations can also help:
The 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247
West Sussex – WORTH on 0330 222 8181 http://www.worthservices.org/
Brighton & Hove- RISE helpline on 01273622822 http://www.riseuk.org.uk/
East Sussex Domestic Abuse Service on 0844 225 0657
Broken Rainbow – LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline 0n 0300 999 5426 – http://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/
Men’s Action Line on 0808 801 0327 – http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/