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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