Stalking Awareness Week 2019
(8-12 April) turned the spotlight on stalking as a public health issue.
This year’s annual National Stalking Awareness Week Conference focused on the physical and mental impact of stalking and the role of the health sector in this insidious crime. Research undertaken by Sam Taylor, Emma Short and James Barnes indicates;
- 91% of stalking victims reported suffering from mental health problems having been stalked
- 78% of stalking victims present as suffering from PTSD
- 48% of stalking victims reported positive support from healthcare practitioners
- The National Stalking Consortium is calling for healthcare professionals to be issued with guidance to enable them to better identify and understand the severe impact of stalking on victims’ health and the need to implement appropriate referral and treatment pathways.