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Funding to support and protect stalking victims

Tuesday November 5th, 2019

Two-thirds of victims experienced stalking via text and online.Government Opportunities

A specialist charity that works to support stalking victims will receive government funding for the first time.
Action Against Stalking will use the funding to develop and deliver training for services and organisations that work with victims of stalking. As cases become increasingly complex, greater understanding of victims’ needs is required across the justice system and beyond.
The charity, which is the only stalking-specific victims service in Scotland, will receive more than £55,000 in 2019-20 to establish an office space and employ specialist staff.
More than one in ten adults experienced at least one type of stalking or harassment in 2016-17 and 2017-18 combined. Being sent unwanted messages by text, email, or on social media sites was the most common type of stalking and harassment reported.
Background
Action Against Stalking emerged from the 2009 campaign ‘Action Against Stalking in Scotland’ which led to the introduction of a specific offence of stalking.
Funding for Action Against Stalking of £55,414 is part of the £18 million Victim/Witness Support budget for 2019-20.
The Scottish Crime & Justice Survey 2017-18 reported that in 2016-17 and 2017-18 combined 11.1% of adults experienced at least one type of stalking and harassment in the 12 months prior to interview. The most common type of stalking and harassment involved being sent unwanted messages by text, email, messenger or posts on social media sites. This was experienced by 67% of stalking victims.

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