Stalking and Harassment
What is stalking and harassment?
Stalking and harassment are often caused by the same person. The aim of the perpetrator is to create ongoing problems for their target, whether that is making them feel scared or unsafe, or constantly interfering in their lives.
Taken in isolation, incidents might not seem very serious, such as multiple texts or messages through social media. Some things feel more threatening like persistent silent phone calls. Stalking and harassment can also involve targeting people at home, school or work, and may include threats of violence, aggression, criminal damage or worse.
Often stalking and harassment goes on over long periods. It is common for the stalking or harassment to stop and start. This leaves the survivor/victim feeling constantly anxious about what might happen next.
What is also confusing is that the victim may have given the stalker/harasser their number or address; or agreed to be friends on social media. This can make people feel stupid, or that they don't deserve help. No-one deserves to be stalked or harassed. At NDAS we are interested in stopping the abuse, it doesn't matter to us how or why it started.
What can I do?
NDAS employs a specialist worker who can help you if you are experiencing this kind of abuse. If you would like to talk to them, contact them online, or by calling 01434 608030.
For further information and advice have a look at the national support service for stalking and harassment, Paladin, which has a range of advice about keeping evidence, reporting and practical tips on how to reduce risks.