What is Stalking?

What is Stalking?

Stalking is a pattern of repeated, intrusive, unwanted behaviour from another individual.

Stalking and harassment impacts on all areas of the community from the individual victim, extending out to friends, family, work colleagues and other associates. If you are experiencing stalking either by a previous partner, family member, work colleague, neighbour or by somebody you do not know then we are able to offer you emotional support and practical advice.

Stalking can occur in many forms and is a serious crime, despite common misconceptions. A stalker’s behaviour may include following you, controlling your movements, attending your property unannounced or appearing nearby when you are in public, repeatedly making phone calls or sending text messages and emails. Stalking is also becoming more common through the use of technology and is often referred to as cyberstalking.

You may be feeling frightened, isolated, helpless and confused and may have been stalked for some time. If you have children, you may be concerned about how the stalking is impacting upon them.

You are not to blame for what is happening. You do not have to face this situation on your own. Changing Pathways’ Independent Stalking Advocacy Service (ISAC) is ready to support you through your decision to reclaim your right to a safe, happy and private life. We will not judge you in any way and we will ensure that we only ever move at the pace you want to go.

If you recognise these patterns and want support from a trained advocate, call our helpline on 0330 333 7 444.

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