South West : Cyberstalking Laws Need Changing

25 November 2013, 11:34 | Updated: 25 November 2013, 11:40

More than 16 thousand cases of cyberstalking have been reported to Devon and Cornwall police in the last year.

Stalkers steal lives and also take lives, if their behaviour remains unchecked and they are allowed to escalate. 

In many cases this has resulted in serious violence, rape and in some cases murder. 

This is about homicide prevention and this unique stalking advocacy service will not only save lives, it will also save money by ensuring a co-ordinated response and the appropriate support for victims. 

Stalkers frequently threaten their victims, either directly or indirectly. 

1 in 2 of domestic stalkers will act on a threat. 

Use the full DASH risk assessment in the cases of the risk of future psychological and/or physical harm.

STALKING It's not a joke It's not romantic It's never OK IT IS A CRIME


Director of Paladin Laura Richards


R eport it and tell others - Tell your family, friends, neighbours, workplace children's nursery or school 

E nsure you get good practical advice - contact the National Stalking Helpline 0808 802 8960 or Paladin National Stalking Advocacy service 0207 840 8960 

P oroactive evidence collection - ensure you keep all messages and giftd and keep hold of all the evidence. Film or video the stalker. 

O verview of what's happening: Keep a diary - log what is happening including time, date and details of what happened. 

R isk checklist - If you think you are at risk, complete the stalking screening checklist: 

T rust your instinct and never make contact with your stalker - If you are frightened or worried, call the police or go to a safe place. 


If you are in immediate danger call 999 and ask for the police Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service 

Tel: 0207 840 8960 email: website: