About our Trust
The Alice Ruggles Trust is a Registered Charity. Following our transformation into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), our Registration number (formerly 1175316) has changed to 1186309.
Our mission statement
The Alice Ruggles Trust exists to raise awareness of stalking (including coercive control), to ensure that relevant legislation is effective and adhered to, and to bring about lasting improvements in the management of perpetrators and the protection of victims.
We aim to prevent what happened to Alice happening to others, by:
- raising awareness of coercive control and stalking and their dangers;
- working to ensure that stalking offences result in immediate action both to protect the victim and to deal effectively with the perpetrator;
- providing education and training;
- campaigning for improved legal measures; and
- supporting relevant research.
Our long-term goal
is to equip a generation with the confidence to recognise coercive control and stalking, and a criminal justice system and support services that have a thorough understanding of the issues involved. We need to empower stalking victims to seek help much sooner, and to build a society that reacts in the right way when they do.
The Trust’s activities—briefly
A major focus of the Trust is to raise awareness amongst young people and their support networks of the dangers of coercive control and stalking, reaching them through both formal education and online engagement.
In 2019 we launched the Alice Ruggles Trust Relationship Safety Resource, quality-assured teaching materials and lesson plans on stalking and coercive behaviour that are freely available to secondary teachers throughout the UK as part of the new statutory RSE strand of PSHE education. A revised and extended version of the resource has been released in April 2021.
Together with St Mary’s University, Twickenham and Transcend Awards we have developed two Ofqual-registered qualifications aiming to upskill professionals working with young people so that they recognise stalking and respond appropriately. The first courses are currently being delivered at St Mary’s, with plans for this be followed up at other universities in the near future.
During 2020 we enlisted the support of a panel of youth ambassadors aged 14–25 as we work to develop effective resources for victims, family members, friends, education and youth professionals, and criminal justice professionals. We have greatly increased our social media presence and have recently developed a relationships badge for Girl Guides.
Since the Trust came into existence in 2017, we have taken part in numerous professional training events throughout England and Wales involving the police, CPS, judiciary, probation officers, domestic abuse case workers, and social and health services. We also provide a range of training packages, often in cooperation with other agencies and charities.
In October 2019 we held our first Trust conference, which brought together a wide range of professional practitioners and academics to discuss best pratice in understanding and tackling stalking. Our second Trust conference, in October 2020, was an on-line event focusing upon stalking amongst young people. In April 2021 we initiated a series of monthly on-line lectures around the theme “Stalking, Abuse and Safety for Young People”.
We actively support academic research relating to young people and stalking that will lead to practical benefits in the future.
We campaigned in support of the 2019 Stalking Protection Act and the introduction of Stalking Protection Orders. We continue to campaign for statutory measures to deal with serial offenders, while working in the meantime to ensure adequate perpetrator monitoring and intervention and “joining of dots” and hence the best possible risk management. By telling Alice’s story, the Trust works to ensure the victim’s voice is at the heart of all campaigning.More about the Trust's Activities
About our logo
Our logo was designed by Paul Johnson of PJD, based in the Leicestershire village of Tur Langton, where Alice grew up.
Why the turtle? Simply because Alice loved them. They have become a symbol among her family and friends of everything we are trying to achieve in her name. The turtle on the logo was designed by Alice's cousin Reece Hills.
What's behind the strapline? A fundamental principle. Stalking has to become universally recognised for the very serious crime that it is, something that must never be allowed to continue.