Take stalking seriously
The importance of taking stalking seriously has been highlighted by the case of Alice Ruggles (pictured) who was killed by her ex-partner and whom she had reported to the Police as stalking her.
Stalking is often motivated by a need to assert control or to have a presence in someone’s life against their wishes.
This type of behaviour could present itself in acts as simple as rearranging a victim’s garden furniture, sending unwanted gifts, or loitering on the pavement outside their house.
Research recently published has shown that early intervention is critical in handling a stalking obsession before it takes a grip and becomes something that can ruin many people’s lives – including the victims’ friends and family. (Exploring the relationship between homicide and stalking – Dr Jane Monckton Smith, University of Gloucestershire)
What to do if you think you are being stalked.
- Call the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency
- Call the National Stalking Helpline 0808 802 0300
Read more about stalking behaviours and their impact at www.suzylamplugh.org
by Diane Diacon
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