Stalking & Harassment


Harassment is unwanted behaviour which causes alarm and distress such as threatening and malicious texts, phone calls. Stalking is a form of harassment involving monitoring, spying and forced contact including through social media causing distress and curtailing freedom due to fear. 

Harassment and stalking is increasingly prevalent in schools, colleges and the workplace. Women are more likely to be victims of stalking and they are also more likely to be physically assaulted or murdered by their stalkers.  Women were more likely to harassed by an ex-boyfriend or ex-partner.

Sexual Harassment at Work

Sexual harassment at work must be dealt with by using the complaints procedure at work and if employer is not helpful, the caller can take action under the Equality Act 2010 (as it would amount to gender discrimination) and should contact the the Equality Advisory Support Service Helpline (discrimination helpline) on 0808 800 0082.  The Muslim Women's Network Helpline can also support you through the process.

Importance of Reporting

Harassment and stalking are against the law and can result in a prison sentence. If you are being stalked or harassed it is important to keep a record (including evidence) and report incidents and concerns to the police. Women tend to be most at risk when they have split up from a partner, especially during the first few weeks.  Most of the women who have been murdered in England and Wales by an ex-partner or ex-spouse have been killed within 6 months of separation.

Tactics Used by Perpetrators
Examples of some common tactics used by stalkers and bullies includes:
  • Putting Spyware on your computer
  • Knowing your location because they have put geo location software on your phone
  • Monitoring you and your friends online
  • Sending hurtful and threatening text messages
  • Trying to hack into your online accounts
  • Distributing information, photos and videos about you that are embarrassing
  • Impersonating the victim online
  • Signing victim up to spam mail
  • Trolling - saying something online to provoke you
  • Bullying by proxy - getting others to join in

Victims can get help and advice from the
National Stalking Helpline : 0808 802 0300 /

Cyberstalking expert, Jennifer Perry, also provides very useful advice that can help victims of stalking, online harassment and bullying to protect themselves.  Advice on combating stalking tactics can be found on:

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National Stalking Helpline
Phone:  0808 802 0300
Provide guidance and information to individuals who are being stalked so they can make informed choices about what action to take.
Revenge Porn Helpline
Phone:  0845 6000 459
Helpline open from 10.00am - 4.00pm. Helps victims whose sexually explicit film and images have been publicly shared online without their consent.
Support Line
Phone:  01708 765200
Provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

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