On 5th December 2015 the Home Office announced an 8 week consultation on the Stalking Protection Order, a new order they are planning to introduce to tackle stalking in England and Wales. Whilst we welcome the consultation on stalking to protect victims of stalking, it is important there is a register for serial perpetrators and that there are new orders that place a positive obligation on them to change their behaviour, just like sex offenders. Currently there is no existing framework to do this. Instead police rely on victims to report multiple crimes and often it is the victim who is forced to modify and change their behaviour, flee their homes and disappear themselves to stay safer online and offline. This needs to change and the focus must be on the perpetrator – the stalker. This must be included if we are to better protect victims of stalking and shift the focus to the perpetrator
The consultation closes on 30th January 2016. Please see the Paladin Response to Home Office Consultation on New Orders for Stalkers below. Please also see the Paladin Briefing for Home Office on Register and Orders BR02-16.
We urge you to read our responses and use them to inform and prepare your own responses for submission before 30th January 2016. The original consultation document can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/introducing-a-stalking-protection-order