Suzy Lamplugh Trust, set up after the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh in 1986, has a long history of working with stalking victims.

Diana Lamplugh believed, and indeed the evidence suggests, that Suzy may have been targeted by a predatory stalker. Diana subsequently campaigned heavily during the ’90s for harassment legislation as a number of other high-profile stalking cases came to light.

The work of Suzy Lamplugh Trust has been pivotal to changes in legislation and practice nationally – including in the introduction of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, and the recent Stalking Protection Act 2019. April is the month of our National Stalking Awareness week (8th-12th April). The timing of the conference is particularly pertinent following the passage of the Stalking Awareness Bill in March, designed to strengthen the law and protect victims of stalking.

This year’s Conference theme is Stalking: A Public Health issue and focuses on the physical and mental impact of stalking and the role of the health sector in this insidious crime. Follow events of the week at @live_life_safe #NSAW19.

Stalking is ‘A pattern of fixated and obsessive behaviour which is intrusive and causes fear of violence or engenders alarm and distress in the victim’. It’s is both unwanted, persistent and almost always orchestrated by one individual towards another.

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Victims experience a range of behaviours, from the seemingly benign; such as sending flowers and gifts, to the more extreme; bombarding them with unwanted communications, ruining the victim’s reputation with family, friends and colleagues, malicious complaints, aggressive and threatening behaviour, cyber-stalking, physical or sexual assault and homicide.

Some facts:

  • Astonishingly, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men in the UK will be stalked in their lifetime, making stalking as pervasive as domestic abuse
  • The above statistics equate to 16% of all women and 8% of all men in the UK
  • 80% of callers to our National Stalking Helpline are women
  • An estimated 1,144,602 adults in England and Wales experienced stalking in 2017

In 25% of cases the stalker targeted the victim’s children, and in 33% of cases family and friends of the victim are stalked. In 20% of cases, colleagues of the victim are also contacted. Therefore, on average, 21 other individuals can be directly affected by stalking behaviour in each case. Yet, in 77% of cases, it takes the victim more than 100 unique incidents before they report the matter to the Police and even when they do, often very little specialist support for victims of stalking is available.

Fundraising income proportionally enables our experts to reach out to more vulnerable, anxious and distraught victims. We welcome all fundraising activities and donations; below are our 2019 fundraising events should you wish to support us by participating:

• 2019 Asics London 10k (21st July)

• 2019 Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 (4th August)

Contact us for more details fundraising@suzylamplugh.org

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