Hertfordshire police support National Stalking Awareness week
PUBLISHED: 11:05 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 20 April 2016
Police in Hertfordshire are urging victims of stalking to come forward as part of a national campaign.
National Stalking Awareness week, which runs this week from Monday, April 18 to Sunday, April 24, aims to raise awareness of the crime and encourage those who believe they are being targeted to speak out.
This year’s campaign, run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, focuses on the risk posed by social media, with a new campaign called ‘The stalker in your pocket’.
Stalking is repeated, unwanted contact from one person to another, which demonstrates a fixation or obsession and causes the victim to feel alarm, distress or fear of violence.
The contact can take on many forms, including phone calls, emails, letters and social media.
A stalker may also follow you, wait for you, spy on you, approach your home or order goods to be delivered to your house.
Detective superintendent Paul Maghie, head of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s safeguarding command, said: “Stalking is a despicable and devastating crime which leaves huge emotional scars for the victim.
“Victims can often feel isolated and feel that they may not be taken seriously.
“If the behaviour is persistent and clearly unwanted and is causing you fear, harassment or is making you anxious – then this is stalking and you should not have to suffer.”
If you are a victim of stalking you can receive help by calling police on 101 (If life is in danger or you see a crime in progress call 999) or Herts Sunflower on 08 088 088 088 or the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300
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