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22 Apr 2014
National Stalking Awareness Day 24 April
National Stalking Awareness Day
will take place on the 24 April 2014 and will focus on
stalking in the workplace with the theme "Working
Stalking is a serious crime with life changing consequences for
victims. The workplace should be a place of refuge and safety.
Sadly, 1 in 20 callers to the National Stalking
Helpline are stalked by a colleague or ex-colleague.
Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Wenham said: "Stalking and
harassment is an issue that Cheshire Police takes very seriously.
Any report is treated with confidence, professionalism and care,
ensuring that the person affected is listened to and that
everything possible is done to protect them and put an end to this
"I'm working with the Constabulary and other agencies to ensure
victims get the correct support and advice that they need."
John Dwyer, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire said
"Being a victim of stalking and harassment can be an unpleasant and
worrying time in anybody's life whether it's inside or outside the
Stalking is repeated and unwanted contact from someone, which
leaves the victim feeling fearful or distressed.
It can take many different forms - from someone repeatedly
turning up at the victim's home or place of work, to sending gifts
and e-mails or using social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
Stalking differs from harassment in that the stalker will have
an obsession or fixation with the person they are targeting.
In a quarter of the cases reported to the National Stalking
Helpline, a stalker will appear at the victim's workplace. Half of
the people subjected to stalking reduce or stop work because they
are being targeted in their workplace.
Often the stalker who appears at the place of work is an
ex-partner, with the victim possibly having experienced domestic
abuse within the relationship. Some are colleagues or clients of
the victim, others are using the workplace as somewhere that they
know their victim will be on a regular basis.
DCI Wenham added: "Stalking can have serious consequences. It
can lead to people losing their jobs, it can cause extreme stress
and, in many cases, put people at risk of harm. Being stalked is
inevitably life changing, victims have to alter their everyday
behavior in order to try and be free from the fear of their
"Simple things such as a journey to work or the shops can become
a complicated ordeal with the victim constantly having to alter
simple routines and habits which might give their stalker an
opportunity to contact them."
"But it doesn't have to be this way, victims of stalking are
urged to come forward and report the issue to us. If you feel you
are in immediate danger dial 999".
Victims are also encouraged to trust their instincts, confide in
a colleague or speak to a supervisor or manager if they are able to
and describe the stalker or show a photograph to those they work
with. Also, keep any evidence and a log of what is happening and do
not respond to the stalker.
For further advice and support contact the National Stalking
Helpline on 0808 802 0300 or log onto: