Police offer help on National Stalking Day

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Hampshire Constabulary is reminding people who face stalking or harassment that help and support is available to them.

Today is National Stalking Awareness Day, and in support of this year’s theme ‘Working Without Fear’, the force is publishing new information on social media about workplace stalking.

It provides details to employers about how they can support employees who disclose stalking behaviour and raise the profile of the Hampshire Stalking Clinic.

The clinic was set up by Detective Chief Inspector Linda Dawson, whose pioneering work to help victims of stalking and harassment was recognised with an MBE earlier this year.

She said: ‘Stalking often goes unreported with victims suffering in silence and feeling that their fears and concerns won’t be taken seriously.

‘National Stalking Awareness Day aims to help those affected by stalking realise that they are not alone, that there is support available and that police and other agencies take stalking seriously.’

To report stalking or harassment people can contact the National Stalking Helpine on 0808 802 0300 or Hampshire Constabulary on 101.