Are you 16-25 years old?
Are you being stalked?â€¦
- Is somebody not taking no for an answer?
- Are you having trouble with an ex boyfriend/girlfriend?
- Scared of someone who wonâ€™t leave you alone?
- Frightened someone wants to hurt you? Are they making threats?
- Getting constant unwanted calls and texts
- Being constantly contacted online, maybe by fake profiles
- Are you being followed or noticing someone loitering about your home, college, uni, workplace, etc
- Are they sending you unwanted â€˜giftsâ€™
Any of these things happening to you?
Think youâ€™re being stalked?
Chat to our Young Peopleâ€™s Advocate at Paladin
The Young Peoples ISAC offers support toâ€¯young people aged 16 -25â€¯yearsâ€¯who are experiencing stalking. The stalking could be from an ex, a neighbour, an acquaintance, a friend, family member, a colleague or a stranger.
Support could include;
Listening to you and your fears
Keeping safe online
Supporting you to access support from other professionals, support services
Helping you speak with your work or tutors at college/university
Helping you case build and contacting the police
- Keep a diary
- Keep the evidence â€“ as much evidence as you can, screenshots and text chats, etc.
- Keep your phone number the same as they will find another way to stalk if you change it and also you will lose the evidence.
- Tell people who are SAFE to tell, as it helps protect you and evidence the stalking (e.g. neighbours, friends, work colleagues, tutors, family)
- Trust your instincts (We find that there is no such thing as coincidence with stalking)
- Park/walk in well-lit areas
- Vary your routes to and from work/college/Uni & be vigilant
- Download Hollie guard app. Brill app for your smart phone enables you to link it up with safe people, when frightened/feeling uneasy you can shake your device which will set off an alert to your safe people advising them of where you are, it also starts to video record. https://hollieguard.com
- Google yourself to â€¯check your digital footprint frequently
- Change passwords often and do not use the same password for everything.
- Check privacy settings on social networking sites and limit the amount of information you put on.
- Be aware of geo-location and tagging on social networking sites and ensure that this is disabled on your smartphone
- Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date.
- Report stalking to website/ social media administrators.
- If you believe that your tablet, laptop or smartphone has been hacked or compromised, stop using them immediately and take them to a specialist such as your mobile phone provider or computer repair experts for advice.