Suzanne Marshall, Advisor, CDN, highlights key facts relating to stalking and the launch of the Victim Impact Box
Did you know?
- Young people experience the highest level of stalking and harassment
- 7% of victims received silent, threatening or unwanted phone calls
- 9% of those who experienced stalking knew the offender in some way
- 45% of those who experienced stalking received unwanted emails and texts
- The risk of stalking and harassment is equal for men and women
Stalking is a high profile, high impact and highly prevalent crime. Action against Stalking has been working to raise awareness of stalking amongst professionals in the education sector. College Development Network was pleased to join with Action against Stalking, Ayrshire College, Police Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and South West Scotland Community Justice Authority on 25 November to launch the innovative and multi-functional Victim Impact Box (VIB). The VIB has been developed to aid and support victims of stalking. It is a highly effective toolkit which will serve as an interface between the victim and the system, helping the police in the investigation of stalking cases and other related predatory crimes whilst offering sound knowledge, advice and guidance to victims.
Having the launch of the VIB at College Development Network at the start of the 16 days of action to eliminate violence against women and girls is an important step forward in recognising the role that colleges can play in educating all students and staff and raising awareness whilst knowing where to offer advice, guidance and signposting for those affected and impacted by stalking.