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Dorset Police supports Stalking Awareness Day

With National Stalking Awareness Day taking place on Thursday 24 April 2014, Dorset Police is encouraging members of the public who believe they are victims of stalking offences to come forward and report them.

This year’s campaign focuses on stalking in the workplace and is called ‘Working Without Fear’.

It aims to help both employers and employees understand how stalking can impact on the workplace and what steps can be taken to ensure that employees who disclose stalking feel supported by their place of work. 

Stalking is repeated, unwanted contact from one person to another which causes the victim to feel distressed or fearful and is a specific criminal offence.

In the UK, one in five women and one in ten men are stalked at some point in their lives – 42 per cent of people are stalked by a previous partner and 90 per cent by someone that they know.

Police Sergeant Neil Wright of Bournemouth CID said: “Stalking is an appalling crime and the impact on victims can be devastating.

“I would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim of stalking offences to have the confidence to come forward and contact Dorset Police on 101.

“We have officers trained to support victims and investigate these types of offences.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: “Stalking is unacceptable and it is a criminal offence.

“It causes people distress and I would urge victims not to suffer in silence. Please come forward and report offences to Dorset Police.”

Issued: 24 April 2014

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