26th April 2022
National Stalking Awareness Week 2022
Every year National Stalking Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness about stalking. This year’s Awareness Week takes place from Monday 25 to Friday 29 April 2022.
Domestic abuse can involve physical violence, where the perpetrator harms someone, leaving visible marks and scars. However, stalking is a type of abuse that leaves no marks or scars but can cause victims to experience fear and loss of freedom.
Stalking does not just occur when a person leaves a relationship. Victims can be stalked while still in a relationship with a controlling partner. This can make separation very difficult.
Due to safety concerns, victims sometimes find that they will need to stay with the controlling, stalking partner to prevent further harm. Stalking after a separation may increase the risk of harm even further.
If you, or someone you know, are experiencing stalking or harassment and need support, you can contact Black Country Women’s Aid, which provides a range of services and support to women and men from all communities, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Alternatively, there is Ask Marc, a service for men and boys who have experienced domestic abuse, rape and sexual abuse.
Birmingham LGBT Centre provides a range of support services for the LGBT community; visit: blgbt.org/ for more information.
You can also contact the Sandwell Council Housing Team on 0121 368 1166, Option 2 for Housing Solutions or email: email@example.com
Alice Davey, Sandwell Council’s director of borough economy said: “Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, and anyone can be an abuser. Sandwell Council works with a range of partners throughout the year to help those experiencing domestic abuse, such as stalking. If this is happening to you, it’s important that that you tell someone – you don’t have to wait for an emergency situation to find help.”
More domestic abuse information is available online (the text takes you to a web link).