protection against stalking & cyber stalking

protect against stalking

Stalking is unwanted and/or repeated surveillance by an individual or group toward another person. Stalking behaviors are interrelated to harassment and intimidation and may include following the victim in person or monitoring them. Behaviour which is repeated, persistent,  intrusive and causes fear of violence or engenders alarm and distress in the victim. Legislation refers to the types of behaviour which might be considered as stalking;

  • sending unwanted communications
  • following a victim
  • damaging property
  • physical assault

Stalking is a criminal offence. You can apply for an injunction against any person who has harassed or stalked you or put you in fear of violence by deliberately causing you distress on two or more occasions

Cyberstalkers are driven by the same intention as non-digital stalkers which is to threaten or embarrass their victims. The difference is that they rely on technology such as social media, instant messaging and emails to do this. Everything on the internet can be used by cyberstalkers to make unwanted contact with their victims. There are different types of online stalking, including;
  • catfishing
  • virtually visiting victims via Google Maps Street View
  • following victim virtually 
  • hijacking webcams
  • looking at geotags to track a person’s location

Cyber stalking is a criminal offence, if the abuser isn’t charged by the police, you can apply for an injunction through a County Court under the PHA 1997 or under the Family Law Act 1996 Part IV