Stalking is a criminal offence and can be very dangerous. Stalkers can be motivated by a range of factors; being an ex-partner, an ex-employee, someone who feels jealous or resentful.
A stalker can be delusional about the victim's feelings about them or might be a sexually predatory individual.
If you or someone else may be a victim of stalking ring 101 and report it to the police. Nottinghamshire Police has a dedicated stalking safeguarding officer who helps to support victims as well as the monthly multi-agency stalking clinic.
Find more information on stalking and what to do if you’re being affected by it on the Nottinghamshire Police website.
Stalking protection orders
The Stalking Protection Act 2019 introduced a new civil Stalking Protection Order (SPO) which can be applied by police forces. SPOs can be put in place to enable early police intervention and allowing stalking behaviours to be addressed before they escalate.
SPOs allow the court to impose positive requirements, plus notification requirements, on anyone issued with an SPO. Breaching an SPO is a criminal offence and perpetrators will be held to account. SPOs run alongside criminal prosecutions and will provide extra protection for victims.
More help with stalking
You can get more help and advice on stalking and what to do if you’re a victim or want to report an issue by contacting the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300. You might also want to contact Paladin, the national stalking advisory service, for help and advice on 020 3866 4107.