STALKING can often go unrecognised, but with approximately 1.5 million people being stalked annually and a ‘significant increase’ in stalking offences recorded in England and Wales during the pandemic, the need for victim support has never been greater. Building on 10 years of experience gained from running the National Stalking Helpline, the London Stalking Support Service offers tailored advice and support specifically for victims within the London boroughs.
Along with the telephone helpline, the Service offers an opportunity to make initial contact with the service through a free anonymous online tool to help identify stalking and signpost victims to local support services. Alternatively, they can contact our dedicated team of specialist stalking advocates by calling 0808 802 0300 (press 2 for London). These advocates are trained in specialist trauma support and play an important role in bridging the gap between the victim and the criminal justice system and ensuring the victim’s voice is at the forefront of their case.
Stalking is a complex crime with long-term, wide-ranging impacts. Many victims will have experienced 100 incidents before they report to the police. London Stalking Support and the online tool will mean more victims can get the help they need. In addition, the more people that know and understand what stalking is, the more likely it is that it will be recognised sooner. Early intervention is crucial in stalking cases and can save lives.