This year’s National Stalking Awareness Week will focus on the effects of the pandemic upon stalkers and their victims. Lockdown has seen many stalkers change their behaviour: in particular there has been a big increase in cyberstalking. Life has become even more difficult for many victims.
By identifying and highlighting these changes, many of which are likely to be long-term, and by sharing best practice in dealing with them, NSAW 2021 aims to improve the improve the response of statutory and frontline services as well as that of the criminal justice system going forward.
For the Alice Ruggles Trust it will be a busy week. We’ll be launching our updated and extended Relationship safety resource for schools, the first of our new SAfEE short courses for professionals and aspiring professionals working with young people, and the first in our new series of monthly lectures on Stalking, Abuse and Safety for Young People. We’ll also releasing new videos each day on social media, focusing on the myths and realities of stalking, in association with Pauline Quirk Academy, Amersham.
Events during NSAW 2021
The Alice Ruggles Trust, along with other members of the National Stalking Consortium, are planning a range of campaigns and events during NSAW 2021, including:
- Dynamics between the stalker and the victim. An international conference and summit organised by Action Against Stalking, Apr 20–22
- Unmasking stalking: a changing landscape. A mini-conference organised by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, Apr 21, 09:00–12:00.
- Hidden homicides among young people. The first in a new monthly lecture series organised by the Alice Ruggles Trust, Apr 22, 12:30–13:30.
Watch this space!