National Stalking Awareness Week 2018
This year's National Stalking Awareness Week featured a variety of awareness-raising events, including a conference on Reporting Stalking: Best Practice in Stalking Cases, held in London on Monday April 16, showcasing best practice in supporting victims of stalking.
This event also saw the launch of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and National Stalking Consortium’s report Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Two Years On. Among its key findings were that fewer than 1% of the stalking cases that take place each year are actually recorded, and that only 7 Police and Crime Commissioners have commissioned services that specifically work with victims of stalking in the last year. Best practice is highly localised and there is an urgent need for training and guidance to be led forward at national level.
During the week, the Alice Ruggles Trust ran our own social media campaign, putting out a new message each day that we hope will have helped victims of stalking recognise that they are victims, and access the support and advocacy that is available. Stalking is not a joke. It is something horribly serious that can be life-changing for the victim and even potentially life-threatening, as it turned out in Alice’s case. Stalkers are obsessive, fixated, controlling ... and dangerous.
The Alice Ruggles Trust is a member of the National Stalking Consortium, a group of like-minded charities working together to tackle stalking and help reduce the risks for victims.
In this 70-minute podcast, Clive speaks to Laura Richards, founder of Paladin, and her colleagues in the United States about Alice’s story and the lessons to be learned.
In this award-winning podcast by Emma Casson, the first of a 3-part radio documentary on coercive relationships and stalking behaviours, Maxine and Sue talk about Alice and what happened to her, with additional comments from the Chair of Paladin, Rachel Horman.
Everyone needs to recognise that stalking is a seriously distressing and potentially life-threatening crime. Stalking behaviour needs to result in immediate action both to protect the victim and to deal effectively with the perpetrator.
The Alice Ruggles Trust’s mission is to help prevent what happened to Alice happening to others. We need to bring stalking to an end.
If you are concerned about stalking issues please visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust's national stalking helpline.
What should you do if you think your phone might have been hacked? We've put together a few guidelines here
Cycling for Alice
Over May bank holiday weekend, eleven of Alice’s extended family and friends will be cycling the Coast-to-Coast in her memory and to raise money for the Trust. The C2C route they are taking runs from Whitehaven in Cumbria across to Newcastle where Alice lived. It is over 140 miles long and passes across the Lake District as well as over the Pennines, so this is quite a challenge—but at least the weather should have improved by then!
To sponsor the cyclists please visit their MyDonate page.