It can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and affects 1 in 6 women and 1 in 12 men at some point in their lives.
In cases where the victim isn’t physically harmed, it can cause serious psychological distress, such as depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance.
While most people think stalking offences are committed by strangers, the majority of cases involve someone known to the victim – an ex-partner, a friend or an acquaintance.
This doesn’t diminish the impact of the offending. It’s still serious and it’s still wrong.