Cosmopolitan features our joint National Stalking Threat Assessment Centre

Date: 08 October 2020

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Cosmopolitan magazine explores what stalking looks like in 2020 and how those who experience it can still struggle to be taken seriously. The article features the work of the national Stalking Threat Assessment Centre (STAC), a world-leading specialist unit dedicated to tackling stalking run in partnership by BEH, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

The STAC is staffed by police officers, nurses, BEH Forensic Consultant Psychiatrist Frank Farnham and BEH Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist Sara Henley, supported by a victim advocate, a Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, a probation officer, and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. The centre aims to reduce reoffending and improve public safety; increase early intervention to reduce the risk of offenders becoming violent; improve the response to victims of stalking; and enhance communication and relationships between the police and other local services to help improve how information is shared.

During lockdown earlier this year, there was a significant rise in use of spying apps and stalkerware in the UK and vehicle trackers are easily and cheaply available now. The way we live our lives now – constantly online, socialising through social media – means stalkers can easily keep tabs on victims.

The article notes that the government has introduced new Stalking Protection Orders that enable them to intervene more quickly and force perpetrators to undertake programmes for reform, and that there has been more investment in specialist, multi-agency stalking units, like the London-based STAC.

The most important message to take away is that anyone who believes they may be the subject of stalking is encouraged to come forward at the earliest opportunity and report their concerns.

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  • Summary:

    Cosmopolitan magazine explores what stalking looks like in 2020 and how those who experience it can still struggle to be taken seriously. The article features the work of the national Stalking Threat Assessment Centre (STAC), a world-leading specialist unit dedicated to tackling stalking run in partnership by BEH, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.