Stalking is an appalling crime that destroys lives. We will make sure victims have the protection they need and bring stalkers to justice for making others’ lives a misery.
Our response to stalking is included within our violence against women and girls action plan.
New stalking offences
Following a public consultation in November 2012, 2 specific criminal offences of ‘stalking’ and ‘stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress’ came into force in England and Wales, along with additional related police search powers. This will provide extra protection for victims, highlight the serious impact stalking can have on their lives, and help bring more perpetrators to justice.
As well as introducing the new offences, we worked with the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that guidance and training for police and prosecutors reflects the new offences.
The following guidance is available:
- guidance for prosecutors
- guidance for police
- presentations relating to the stalking consultation
- HO circular 018/2012, which explains the 2 new offences and other new measures introduced by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012