Consultation on stalking
Stalking is an issue which profoundly affects many lives, often in devastating ways. The statistics makethat abundantly clear: around 1 in 25 women aged16-59 are a victim of stalking every year
. After the ageof 16, stalking affects around one in five women andone in ten men
. A third of victims said they had lost their job or relationship or had been forced to movebecause of the stalking
. We need all organisations to work together to improvetheir understanding of and their response to stalking. That includes the police, the Crown ProsecutionService, the courts, the NHS and the prison service.Only then will we develop an effective response tothis issue. We also need to ensure that there is a betterunderstanding about stalking and the damage it cancause to lives among the public and professionals.I believe that government should be a strong advocate for action – bringing organisations togetherand breaking down barriers, and putting in place aframework of policies that help the professionals todo their job. That is why we included stalking as a priority in ourCall To End Violence Against Women and Girls last autumn. And that is why we followed this up withspecific actions to improve our response to this issuethis spring. That is also why I am launching thisconsultation today to ask for your views on how wecan protect victims of stalking more effectively.
Rt Hon Theresa May MP
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