Raising Awareness of Stalking
Stalking is one of the most frequently experienced forms of abuse; abuse that can destroy the lives of its victims and escalate to rape and murder. Stalking is estimated to affect one in six women and one in 12 men during their lifetime in the UK.
In Gloucestershire, around 51,643 women aged 16+ and 19,524 males aged 16+ will have experienced stalking at some point in their lifetime in Gloucestershire. However, from June 2014 to October 2016, only 54 incidents of stalking were recorded. It is therefore clear that experiences of stalking are vastly underreported, and a clear response to these cases is needed.
The Trust has been leading the development of the Gloucestershire Stalking Advocacy Service (GSAS) in conjunction with Gloucestershire Constabulary. This service will ensure a robust response to stalking behaviour and its victims, but also encourages reporting and raises awareness amongst multi-agency professionals on the risks and how to respond. The Trust will fund an Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker (ISAC) to raise awareness and work with victims of stalking as a part of GSAS.