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Topic: Stalking

stalking Your questions
My ex is still intimidating me, what can I do?

phone Your questions
My partner won't let me use the phone. How can I get in touch?

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Info on how to avoid being tracked via mobile.

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News articles, reports etc.
Articles on the subject of stalking.

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windowStalking is one of the most frequently experienced types of abuse – and contrary to common belief, most stalkers are former partners or friends of their victims. According to the British Crime Survey, nine per cent of women and seven per cent of men reported having been stalked in the last year, and just under a quarter of women (23%) reported having experienced stalking since the age of 16. Obscene or threatening phone calls or letters were the most common types of stalking behaviour experienced. (BCS 2005/06)

Victims of stalking can gain protection under either the civil or the criminal law through the Protection from Harassment Act 1997:  for further information see an overview of protection from domestic violence available under the civil law and the criminal law.

They may also be able to gain protection via an injunction under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.  Since 1st of July 2007, the definition of "associated persons" under section 4 of this Act has now widened to include some abusers who have never lived with their victims; and at the same time, the provisions of section 1 have made breach a non-molestation order a criminal offence. View an article on the changes in the law.

Anonymous registration for electoral roll (June 07)
Victims of stalking and domestic violence can now benefit from new legislation which is designed to protect people at risk if their details appear on the electoral register. Those at risk can apply to their local authority in England and Wales to be registered anonymously while still being able to vote. 
View government press release.