It involves unwanted and unwelcome words, deeds, actions, gestures, symbols, or behaviours of a sexual nature that make the target feel uncomfortable and can cause the victim alarm and distress.
Stalking is a term used for a particular kind of 'harassment'. Generally it describes a long term pattern of persistent and repeated behaviour. It occurs in a wide variety of situations - the most common reports relate to ex-partners and/or acquaintances. Stalking is a criminal offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
If a person's behaviour towards you is persistent and clearly unwanted, causing you fear, harassment or anxiety, then it is stalking and you should not have to live with it.
There are steps you can take to help deal with this type of behaviour:
Important - if you feel that someone's behaviour is putting you at immediate risk then call 999
If you feel that you are being stalked, we would prefer to speak to you on the phone by calling us on 101, or in person.
National Stalking Helpline - 0808 802 0300 (9.30am-4pm weekdays except Wed 1pm-4pm)
Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service, 020 7840 8960