It’s Stalking Awareness Week between the 24th and 28th April: a national campaign raising awareness about stalking and the dire effects it can have on victims.
Stalking is when someone carries out a pattern of repeated and persistent unwanted behaviour against you that makes you feel scared and threatened. It is a crime and is not something you should have to put up with. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that 2.5 million people every year experience stalking in England and Wales.
Local service the West Midlands Stalking Support Service (a project of Black Country Women’s Aid) support both women and men across the region who are experiencing stalking and harassment. To raise awareness about the issue, they have compiled a list of 5 things you should know about stalking. By understanding the nature and scope of stalking, we can all work together to prevent it and support its victims.
Don’t suffer in silence. If you are experiencing this kind of unwanted attention, the West Midlands Stalking Support Service can help, support, and advise you. Call 0121 553 0090 today. In an emergency, call the police on 101 or 999. Visit www.blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk/services/stalking-harassment/ for more information.
Stay tuned. Black Country Women’s Aid will be posting content on their social media pages throughout Stalking Awareness Week. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to find out more: @BCWomensAid.