HMIC New Report. Living in fear – the police and CPS response to harassment and stalking

Summary – In 2016/17, HMIC and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) carried out the first inspection into the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)’s response to harassment and stalking crimes.

Harassment and stalking are crimes of persistence. It is the unrelenting repeat behaviour by the perpetrator experienced in its totality, which seems inescapable and inevitable, that has such a detrimental effect on the victim.

The inspection findings are set out in the report below.

In order to gain a fuller picture of the impact of these crimes, HMIC commissioned the University of Worcester to carry out a qualitative study of the experiences and perceptions of victims. These experiences are published throughout the HMIC and HMCPSI report, and in the full research report, produced by the University of Worcester.


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