Stalking


What is Stalking?


‘Stalking’ refers to repeated and unwanted behaviour towards someone, causing that person to feel harassed, alarmed or distressed; or in fear for their safety. Such behaviour could include:

– Frequent unwanted contact from the offender, such as constantly turning up at the your home or place of work or study; or repeated telephone calls, text messages, letters / notes or messages through online social networking sites

– Repeatedly driving / walking past your home or place of work or study

– Following or watching the your

– ‘Loitering’ around you

– Constantly sending you gifts

– Damage or burglary of your home / property

– Gathering information about, e.g. by contacting your friends or accessing records

– Harassment of people close to you

– Threats to harm the you, or someone close to you (e.g. someone who the offender sees as a ‘threat’ or buffer to his / her contact with you

– Assault (including sexual assault) against you

– Unwanted repeated sexual advances towards you

– Harassing or you online or hacking into your e-mail or social media accounts to monitor you

Such behaviours can constitute ‘stalking’ or ‘stalking – putting someone in fear of violence’, which are criminal offences under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

Anyone, regardless of gender, can be the experience stalking / harassment. Similarly, people of any gender can be perpetrators.

Also, whilst stalking / harassment can be perpetrated by a stranger, the perpetrator is usually someone you know. It could be someone you know in passing, a current / former friend or acquaintance, a neighbour, a colleague, a fellow student, a one-time date or an ex-partner.

 


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What to do if you’re experiencing stalking


Don't feel the need to suffer in silence. Try to stay calm and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Here are some simple pieces of practical advice that you may find very useful:

  • Keep a diary of what happens and update this contemporaneously – i.e. write down what happens as soon as possible after it happens. The diary should include the date, time, location and detailed description of anything suspicious. This can include (but is not limited to) phone calls, text messages, letters / notes, unwanted gifts, being approached or followed, seeing the stalker lingering around or walking / driving past, damage to or theft of property / belongings, direct / indirect threats or messages on Facebook. It’s good to include descriptions and demeanour of the person / people involved and details of any vehicle/s involved, as well as how the incident has made the victim feel (e.g. if they are scared / anxious). The more detail the better. A diary kept in this way can be an incredibly valuable piece of evidence when it comes to taking action to stop the offender’s behaviour.
  • Keep hold of any evidence, e.g. letters, text messages or gifts, sent by the perpetrator.
  • Photograph any other evidence, for example any damage to property.
  • If at any point you feel that you are in immediate danger, dial 999 straight away.
  • Try to avoid going out & about on your own. Stay with your friends or keep to busy / well-lit areas.
  • If you’re comfortable doing so, you could let some of you close friends / family know about what is happening, so that there are other people around looking out for you.
  • Don’t respond to text messages, phone calls, etc from the offender. In the case of an unwanted phone call, simply set the phone down and leave it alone for a few minutes. After a few minutes just hang up the phone.
  • Get in touch with the appropriate agencies / departments listed below for further information / advice, emotional or practical support, or help in assessing or managing your risk.

 

Help on campus


If you are experiencing stalking or harassment, you can contact any of the departments below for help, advice, referral / signposting to an appropriate agency such as the police or a support agency, or just to talk things through with someone.
 

LTSU Student Welfare Service

www.ltsu.co.uk/studentwelfare

In person: Term-time drop-in times are Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11am – 2pm, in the LTSU Student Welfare office (Student Support corridor – near the Dining Room). During the Easter and Summer vacations this will be by appointment only.

By phone: Call us on 0113 283 7100 ext 352 or 07929 926 528

By text message: Text us at 07929 926 528

By e-mail: E-mail us at trinitywelfare@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Over Facebook: Contact us on Facebook by Private Message, or using Facebook Chat if we’re online – www.facebook.com/trinitywelfare

 

Student Support Central Office

www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/studentsupport

In person: Term-time drop-in times are Monday to Friday, 11am – 12pm and 2pm – 3pm, in the AG09 (near the Dining Room).

By telephone: 0113 283 7196

By e-mail: j.atkinson@leedstrinity.ac.uk

 

Leeds Trinity Counselling Service

www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/counselling

Tel: 0113 283 7192

E-mail: s.jack@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Leeds Trinity has an excellent Counselling Service which offers counselling to all students experiencing a wide range of issues, including stalking. Further details about the Counselling Service, and more information about coping with crime, are available on the Counselling Service’s Intranet page.

The Counselling Service is based at AG05D, in the Student Health Centre area (near the Dining Room). Details of the service’s drop-in times, as well as appointment request forms, can be found opposite AG05D in the Student Health waiting room.

 

Help off campus


Reporting to West Yorkshire Police

Emergency number: 999

Non-emergency number: 101

Upon receiving a formal report, the police will investigate and could potentially take various courses of action depending on the case, such as:

– Giving the offender an informal warning
– Issuing the offender with a formal Harassment Warning
– Charging the offender with an offence
– Working with the Crown Prosecution Service to have a Court issue a Restraining Order

 

National Stalking Helpline

www.stalkinghelpline.org

The National Stalking Helpline provides practical advice and information about topics such as Civil Injunctions, the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and how to collect evidence. The Helpline can also signpost you to other organisations as appropriate. The Helpline is open working weekdays (except Wednesday) 9:30am – 4pm and Wednesdays 1pm – 4pm.

Contacting the National Stalking Helpline

Tel: 0808 802 0300 (freephone from mobiles with O2, Orange, T mobile, Three, Virgin and Vodaphone and from all UK landlines)

E-mail: Via the website

 

Network for Surviving Stalking

www.scaredofsomeone.org

Network for Surviving Stalking (NSS) is an internationally recognised UK Charity that takes a leading role in supporting victims of stalking, free of cost or commercial gain. It helped to establish the National Stalking Helpline (above) and also provides practical advice & information to victims, potential victims and others affected by stalking / harassment throughout the UK through its website / publications and training packages. It also raises awareness of Stalking and provides information about stalking and harassment to professionals, relevant agencies and the general public.

See their website (above) to access a range of information about Stalking and NSS.

 

Suzy Lamplugh Trust

www.suzylamplugh.org

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust is a UK charity dedicated to promoting personal safety and has played an important part in advising on safety policy and legislation.

See their website (above) for information about personal safety and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

 

Victim Support

www.victimsupport.org.uk

Yorkshire & Humber Victim Care Unit: 0300 303 1971 (Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm & Sat 9am – 5pm).

Victim Support is an independent national charity, dedicated to providing support to female and male victims of crime. They have specially trained staff & volunteers on hand to give emotional and practical support to people who have been affected by sexual harassment and stalking at any time in their lives.

They can provide support face-to-face or, if preferred, over the phone, and give information about things like police procedures, legal proceedings and compensation. They can also provide support in Court, as well as provide some help with personal safety and home security.

 

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