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Police Back Initiative to Raise Awareness of Stalking

Police Scotland has announced that it is taking part in National Stalking Awareness Week, which is running from 16th – 20th April.

The purpose of the initiative is to raise awareness of stalking and how it can impact on those affected.

Towards the end of last year, Police Scotland introduced a new system to allow victims of stalking to notify the police about their experience online. It was hoped that this would enable people who lacked the confidence to speak directly to the police to still report the crime so that the police can assess and investigate it. Concerned friends or family members can also use the online form to contact the police on behalf of the victim.

“We are committed to thoroughly and robustly investigating every report of stalking we receive,” said Detective Chief Superintendent Lesley Boal, Head of Public Protection in Police Scotland. “We recognise that stalking can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims, their families and friends. Perpetrators of stalking often employ behavioural tactics which appear routine and innocuous but are actually intended to cause fear, alarm and trauma.”

“Along with our partners, our aim is to eliminate this form of gender-based violence,” she added. “A total of 15,000 officers from a wide range of roles across Scotland have completed a specialist online training programme to recognise the indicators of risk for domestic abuse including stalking and harassment.”

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