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Unmasking Stalking: Stalking Awareness Week 2021

National Stalking Awareness Week this year is focusing on how lockdown restrictions and the pandemic over the last year has affected stalking victims. This year’s theme highlights changes in perpetrator behaviour since the outbreak of Covid-19, notably a rise in cyber elements.

Stalking can take many forms. With the vast amount of new technology and apps constantly created, it is a crime that many could encounter; sometimes without the knowledge that they have in fact been a victim of stalking. This week, here at the Victim Care Service, we would like to raise awareness of the forms stalking can take and how to access support and help.

Stalking can be defined as someone carrying out a pattern of repeated and persistent behaviour against you that makes you feel threatened or scared.

A definition of what forms stalking cantakde

  • Unwanted and or excessive phone calls or messages
  • Social media stalking
  • Following you
  • Waiting for you outside work/home/places you socialise
  • Damaging property
  • Unwanted gifts
  • Unsolicited contact

We will be joining in with the campaign throughout the week across social media. You can follow this campaign using the hashtags #NSAW2021 #UnmaskingStalking

Please contact us if you would like to talk to a trained supporter about getting help:

0808 178 1641                    Hub.hiow@victimsupport.org.uk             www.victimcarehampshireiow.co.uk

For more information about stalking and help and advice online visit: https://www.suzylamplugh.org/stalking-help-and-advice