Caroline Nokes MP Pledges Support for Survivors of Stalking in National Stalking Awareness Week

Caroline pledges support for victims of stalking in Parliament during National Stalking Awareness Week with Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

 

National Stalking Awareness Week

National Stalking Awareness Week is an annual, national event which aims to broadly raise awareness of the dangers of stalking. This year, National Stalking Week is taking place from 18th-24th April. Stalking will affect one in five women and one in ten men in their lifetimes[1], and of all domestic homicides 40% of the victims were stalked prior to death[2], so it is vital to raise awareness of the dangers associated with this behaviour.

Caroline joined Suzy Lamplugh Trust in Parliament this week to show concern and support for survivors of stalking. The event was hosted by Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham, and Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester, as part of their campaign to increase the maximum sentence for stalking from five to ten years’ imprisonment.

Speaking on the dangers of stalking, Rachel Griffin, Director of Suzy Lamplugh Trust stated: ‘Stalking is a hidden crime in our community. There are very few stalking-specific support services and those that are available are stretched to their limits. Stalking has a devastating impact on the life of the victim and their loved ones. There needs to be more support for victims so that they can be safer and feel safer.’   

Alex Chalk MP and Richard Graham MP added, ‘stalking is a serious crime which ruins the lives of not just victims, but also the lives of their friends and family. We’re campaigning to increase the maximum sentence for stalking from five years’ to ten years’ imprisonment- to more than you can get for stealing a chocolate bar. It is time for the punishment to fit the crime, and we are delighted to have Caroline’s support.’

Caroline said of the event, “No one should ever live in fear due to being stalked, but far too many do. I hope that events such as this will raise awareness of the genuine threat posed by stalking behaviours. I pledged my support for survivors to show that I and the people of Romsey and Southampton North stand with them; they are not alone.”

If you have been affected by stalking, please call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 for advice and support

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Notes to Editors

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust is a national stalking charity which has helped lead the way in victim support.

[1] Home Office Statistics

[2] Metropolitan Police, 2003