Vision and Mission
The vision of Protection Against Stalking is to change society’s perception of stalking, to improve the safety for all victims of stalking and harassment and for perpetrators to be held to account by the Criminal Justice System.
PROTECTION AGAINST STALKING campaigns for early and effective risk identification, assessment and management to keep victims safe and hold perpetrators to account.
Through sharing our own tragic experiences, our aim is to raise awareness and change attitudes towards stalking and harassment. We will do this by providing training and specialist support to practitioners, as well as providing victims with the help and protection they need to rebuild their lives free of fear.
PAS has eight priority areas of work:
- To raise awareness and change attitudes towards stalking and harassment and offer help and advice to victims of stalking, their families and their friends
- To provide training in the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour Based Violence (DASH 2009) Risk Identification Model thus creating a consistent, professional and effective response to ALL victims of stalking in the UK, and in particular those at high risk of harm
- To campaign for the introduction of advocates/case workers for ALL victims of stalking
- To campaign for and promote the creation of a central specialist stalking unit -a 'Threat Management Unit', for ALL victims of stalking, based on the Fixated Threat Assessment Unit (FTAC)
- To campaign for the introduction of mandatory psychiatric assessment for stalkers
- To seek vertical prosecution by Specialist CPS Lawyers
- To seek a Review of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and sentencing guidelines for stalking (Our campaign commenced Spring 2011)
- To establish a National Stalking Helpline for victims in collaboration with other charities (Achieved in the summer of 2010)
We want all police services and partner agencies who work with victims of stalking and harassment to be adequately trained in the new risk tool - the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour based Violence (DASH 2009) Risk Identification, Assessment and Management Model as it will save lives. The DASH (2009) Model was developed by Laura Richards on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and Coordinated Response to Domestic Abuse (CAADA) and has been informed by research and analysis of many murders and ‘near misses’. The stalking and harassment checklist was created by Drs Lorraine Sheridan and Karl Roberts. The model on our website has been adapted by Laura Richards for use by victims who believe they may be at risk. Professionals requiring more information about DASH (2009) should visit www.dashriskchecklist.co.uk