CHARITY WELCOMES JOINT INSPECTION REPORT INTO POLICE AND CPS HANDLING OF STALKING AND HARASSMENT

Award winning charity ‘Protection Against Stalking’ welcomes the findings of and recommendations in the Joint Inspectorate (HMIC & HMCPSI) report ‘LIVING IN Fear – the Police and CPS response to harassment and stalking’. The report confirms the importance of fully investigating and prosecuting incidents of stalking and harassment in order that victims are provided the protection the law intends.

In April 2017 ‘Protection Against Stalking’ (PAS) launched a pilot programme in West Kent to raise awareness of and co-ordinate the response to incidents of stalking and harassment in the local community. The programme began with a half day conference bringing together local strategic partners and targeted businesses to highlight the issue of stalking and harassment.

Bespoke awareness training is now being offered to criminal justice professionals, local employers and selected trades such as hairdressers, beauticians, counsellors and personal trainers across West Kent. This will be followed by the appointment of locally based advocate to act as a single point of contact and work with local agencies and organisations to coordinate the response across the area. These professions can request the PAS awareness training by going on to the PAS website.

PAS is committed to work with local police, prosecutors, agencies, related charities and local employers in West Kent to ensure an integrated and victim centered support to stalking and harassment is provided.

Links to Joint Inspection Report and Victim Journey
Link 1: Living in fear, the police and cps response to harassment and stalking
Link 2: The victim journey

Facts about Stalking

  • Stalking is defined as repeated and unwanted behavior which causes the victim alarm and distress
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 12 men will be subject to stalking at some point in their lives.
  • Based on the National Crime Survey, the Office of National Statistics estimate over 7,300 people aged between 16 and 59 years were stalked in West Kent (Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells) during 2016.
  • West Kent Police recorded 17 cases of stalking in 2016, which suggests only a tiny fraction are reported to police or are not recorded as stalking having been reported. 7 arrests were made in West Kent for stalking during 2016.  West Kent police also recorded 223 incidents of harassment during 2016, making 77 arrests. Conviction rates are not readily available.
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