Stalking affects one in five women and one in 10 men. As prolific as domestic abuse, it can contribute to a range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts. The Suzy Lamplugh Trust is holding a conference on 9 April as part of National Stalking Awareness week (8-14 April). The focus of the week is to highlight the impact of stalking as well as to challenge and improve existing understanding of stalking within the health sector for both victims and perpetrators. These themes are at the heart of this conference, which will be exploring how conversations about this crime need to involve the health sector and include other methods beyond criminal justice of handling stalking in order to both address the fixated and obsessive nature of the stalker and to consider the psychological impact on the victim.
The line-up includes findings from a new impact report, analysis from policing experts, discussions between health professionals on the role of the health sector, an account of the first 12 months of the innovative Multi-Agency Stalking Intervention programme, as well as views and discussion points from expert speakers across victim advocacy, policing and health as more attention turns to this complicated crime with multiple health implications. Tickets and further information are available here.