Stalking or harassment can present itself in many different ways and at face value may not appear intimidating to someone else. However, if you are receiving any form of contact or communication that is clearly unwanted, causing you fear, distress or anxiety then it is harassment and you do not have to put up with it.
Stalking is an aggravated form of harassment and can defined as persistent and unwanted attention.
Anyone can be the victim. It can take place between:
• current or ex partners, or family members as part of domestic abuse;
• someone who is known personally to the victim, such as a neighbour, work colleague or friend, sometimes where that acquaintance is very slight.
• strangers, for example the stalking or harassment of someone in the public eye or where someone is targeted, for example, because of their race, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
No two cases are the same.
You could be a victim of harassment or stalking if someone is:
• following you
• persistently contacting or attempting to contact you
• publishing a statement or other material about you, pretending to relate to you, or appearing to originate from you
• monitoring you online (internet, email or social media)
• loitering in any place (whether public or private)
• interfering with your property
• watching or spying on you
If you feel you are being harassed or stalked, please report it. Please contact us by calling 101 or visit us in person at a police station .
Important: If you feel a person’s behaviour is putting you in immediate danger, call 999 straight away.
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