The definition of Stalking and harassment is:
- 'intentional behaviour involving more than one incident, which causes fear or upset or annoyance' - to the victim.
The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010, (Section 39) came into force in December 2010. The act defines a specific criminal offence of stalking.
The behaviours are persistent, repeated and unwanted often by someone known to the victim. It takes many forms, varies in seriousness and intensity and can include:-
- following a person
- sending unwanted gifts, texts or e-mails
- making unwanted phone calls
- forced entry / vandalism
- acting in any way that causes fear or alarm
- loitering, watching or spying
- information gathering – contacting people, taking pictures, searching records, using private detectives
- cyber-stalking - using the internet to pursue or harass
Young women aged between 16 and 25 years are at the highest risk of stalking. Over half of all stalkers are former intimate partners. These stalkers typically have a history of abuse and controlling behaviour.
There are people who can help. To find out how to contact them, use one of the useful links below.
Fife Violence Against Women Partnership
Tel: 01592 583690