Stalking and Harassment

Action Against Stalking is a capacity building organisation providing resources, education, guidelines to a wide range of professionals and organisations working with victims of stalking. We can help you to engage victims so they have the knowledge and confidence to increase their own protection. Improve your risk assessment techniques. As the leading EU experts digital stalking and data protection, we can help you tackle the challenges that mobiles, social media and the Internet pose to victims. Most importantly, all our advice is practical and easy to use. Click here for more information

What does the term ‘stalking’ mean?
Section 111 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 introduces two new offences of stalking. Section 2A creates the basic offence of stalking and consists of two elements: (i) the person pursues a course of conduct; and (ii) the course of conduct amounts to stalking.

A course of conduct which amounts to stalking is defined as: (i) amounting to harassment; (ii) the acts or omissions involved are ones associated with stalking; and (iii) the person knows or ought to know that his course of conduct amounts to harassment of the other person.

Stalking is deliberately left undefined and a non-exhaustive list of examples of conduct amounting to stalking is provided.
The list includes:

(i) following a person;

(ii) contacting or attempting to contact a person;

(iii) publishing any statement or material relating or purporting to relate a person/purporting to originate from them;

(iv) monitoring a person’s internet usage, email or other electronic communication (eg cyber-stalking through social media websites);

(v) loitering;

(vi) interfering with property; and

(vii) watching or spying on a person.

Stalking: When should I contact the National Stalking Helpline?

  • Are you or someone you know being made to feel harassed or intimidated by the behaviour of another person?
  • Are you unsure what can be done about this person’s behaviour?
  • Do you feel that you, your friend or family member are at risk of emotional or physical harm?

If you answered yes to any of these questions and require guidance or information,
please call us on 0808 802 0300 or e-mail

DIGITAL STALKING FACTSHEETS – guidelines and factsheets cover digital stalking including: mobile spyware, geolocation information in pictures, computer spyware, account takeovers and social networks. Fact Sheets include How to make your iPhone mobile safe, warning signs of a stalker, key actions to reduce riisk, social networks, Facebook privacy click here for the factsheets

University of Bedfordshire:Cyberstalking in the United Kingdom An Analysis of the ECHO Pilot Survey 2011

DIGITAL STALKING Technology must be safer warns Women’s Aid and the Network for Surviving Stalking as they launch new a new practical guide for victims of stalking. Click here for the report ‘Digital stalking: a guide to technology risks for victims’, Feb 2012