Paladin was launched in 2013 after our Founder Laura Richards and other changed the law to create a specific criminal offence of stalking.
|Noun||1.||Paladin – someone who fights for a cause|
|champion, fighter, hero, defender, guardian, protector, shielder|
Paladin uses the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour based Violence Risk Checklist (DASH 2009) which was developed by Laura Richards on behalf of ACPO and in partnership with Safe Lives (formerly Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA)) to inform early identification, intervention and prevention. This tool is also used by thousands of professionals on a daily basis to help them deal effectively with victims of stalking, domestic abuse and honour based violence.
Paladin amplifies the voice of the victim within the criminal and civil justice system, as many victims feel isolated and terrified. Some pay with their lives. Paladin provides a high level of advocacy to anyone at risk of serious harm or homicide from a stalker. ‘We give initial advice and offer to complete a detailed assessment to anyone who calls our service and is affected by stalking. Sometimes we call this ‘high risk’ and it is based on what we learn from the detailed assessment. However in all situations we aim to improve access to the right kind of support for each person and improve co-ordinated working between specialist services to keep each survivor feeling safer.
We have an ever increasing network of ISACs across the England and Wales to assist stalking victims locally. We are delighted to grow our network of ISACs and we are proud to have affiliations with Aurora New Dawn. Fylde Coasts Women’s Aid and Safer Places.
Our Board is made up of experienced and award winning professionals including our Chair Rachel Horman who is a solicitor Allan Aubeelack former police officer, Zoe Dronfield, Zoe Jones and Tom Cottew. Our patron is philanthropist and prison reformer Lady Edwina Grosvenor.
We are delighted that Lady Edwina Grosvenor, the second daughter of the 6th Duke of Westminster and fervent campaigner against injustice, has agreed to be patron of Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy Service. She supported the stalking law reform campaign, attended the launch in the House of Lords in July 2013 and gave a key note address at Paladin’s first anniversary event in 2014.
Commenting on her patronage, Lady Edwina Grosvenor said: “Stalking is a complex crime with often a toxic aftermath. For too long stalking has been a huge problem in British society. Changes in the way we lived, socialised and worked meant that stalking increased dramatically and outstripped the powers that the police had to deal with it. Paladin changed that and has run a highly successful campaign to change attitudes as well as bringing legislation into line with our modern world.
Paladin is a great force for good and it is a great honour to be a patron”.