National Stalking Awareness Week 2015

National Stalking Awareness Week 2015 Starts Monday 20th April 2015 #NSAW2015

Our Founder Laura Richards was involved in setting up the UK’s first ever National Stalking Awareness Week in 2011 and Paladin are proud to support this important week of raising awareness around the dangers of stalking and some of the current issues facing victims. This year the theme is “What is Stalking?

Paladin will be holding a week long tweet-a-thon (see @paladinservice) using #NSAW2015 highlighting different themes and issues as well as holding a National Training Day on Thursday 23 April to ensure that even more professionals are trained around the legislation and reality of stalking as unfortunately many victims continue to be let down by the criminal justice system. There are still a small number of places available which can be booked here. There will also be an opportunity to join in the conversation on Facebook

The daily themes will be as follows:

Monday 20 April: Stalking Behaviours -We will be identifying and highlighting different stalking behaviours including direct and indirect, online and offline as well as including some of our victims voices who have experienced both stranger and non-stranger stalking.

Tuesday 21 April: PerpetratorsStalkers – We will be concentrating on typologies and characteristics of stalkers and perpetrators – looking at what more can be done to risk assess and risk manage them.

Wednesday 22 April: Know the Law, Use the Law – We will be highlighting the legislation and demonstrating how this should be used more effectively to better protect victims.

Thursday 23 April: Training – We are running a training day on the 23rd of April which you can attend. Training is essential in order to identify the behaviours and dynamics of stalking, understand both online and offline risks, the typologies of stalkers and legislation. Please do email us about this. We will also highlight our University Accredited Independent Stalking Advocacy Casework Qualification

Friday 24th April: Sentencing – We will be examining and underlining the current landscape regarding charging and sentencing for stalking and what more can be done, as well as why we are calling for serial stalker’s register which has already attracted over 125,000 signatures.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday between  1100-1200 we will host an ‘Ask the Expert’ session on Twitter. Please tweet us with your questions about stalking.

We will also be highlighting the findings from our report Stalking Law Two Years on November 2012 – November 2014 throughout the week and would encourage you to retweet during the tweet-a-thon using #NSAW2015 as much as possible during the week and join in the conversation on Twitter and Facebook to enable as many victims as possible to gain information which may well be life- saving.

Since we set up our service 18 months ago we have helped over 800 victims and the demand for our vital service continues to increase month on month particularly as we continue to raise awareness. As with all services, funding is vital to ensure we can continue to help victims and provide a quality service that matches their needs.

We would welcome any donation, no matter how small, to enable us to further expand our team of specialist caseworkers and train even more professionals locally to enable them to deal with victims more effectively in order to keep them safe. We are also keen to improve the statistic that currently only 1% of stalking cases reported to the police result in a criminal prosecution.

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