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.
Alice Ruggles was murdered in 2016, aged just 24, by an ex-boyfriend following a relentless campaign of stalking. You can read Alice's story here.
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.
Stalking Protection Bill
The Stalking Protection Bill, a Private Member's Bill sponsored by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, completed its Committee Stage on 9 July. The Bill is due to have its report stage and third reading on Friday 23 November.
The Bill aims to introduce measures called Stalking Protection Orders to protect victims when they report a stalking crime to the police, without putting the onus on the victim to apply for them. Importantly, breaching such an order would be a serious criminal offence that should result in immediate action by the police. The existence of such measures could have made a critical difference in Alice’s case, as in many others.
New documentaries, on TV…
A powerful new TV documentary telling Alice’s story was broadcast on July 10, 12 and 18 as the first in a new true crime documentary series on 5 STAR.
Unlike “An Hour to Catch a Killer” broadcast on ITV last year, which focused on the police investigation following Alice’s death, this new documentary tells the whole story of what happened to Alice and highlights the lessons that need to be learned, both by the police and other agencies but also by the general public.
“Murdered by my stalker” is available on-line on My5.
Emma Casson’s documentary about Alice's story and the lessons to be learned, “It’s not your fault”, was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday July 1 in their Life Hacks programme, and later on Radio 1Xtra in their 1Xtra Talks programme as part of a studio discussion on stalking with Rachel Horman from Paladin. Both programmes are available on BBC iPlayer Radio until July 30, and the documentary itself is available indefinitely as a “Radio 1 & 1Xtra Stories” podcast.
The documentary won Emma the Gold Award for Best Student Documentary at the 2018 New York Radio Festivals.
In this 70-minute podcast, Alice’s father 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, Alice’s friend Maxine and mum Sue talk about Alice and what happened to her, with additional comments from the Chair of Paladin, Rachel Horman.