Women’s Aid response to increase of maximum stalking sentences
Friday 6th January 2017
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We welcome the increase of maximum prison sentences for stalking – but we need the link between stalking and domestic abuse to be clearly established. Many survivors of domestic abuse experience stalking as post-separation abuse, and survivors also make up the majority of victims of stalking. Perpetrators of domestic abuse are already not being given the full sentence that they should, so increasing alone is not enough. There is an urgent need for the criminal and family justice judiciary to be trained in stalking within the context of domestic abuse”.