PCC backs National Stalking Awareness Week
On National Stalking Awareness Week, Police and Crime
Commissioner David Jamieson is highlighting the work he is doing to
tackle this problem.
Stalking was made a criminal offence in 2012. It occurs when
someone carries out a persistent pattern of behaviour that can make
a person feel harassed and threatened and disrupts their life.
Activities which make up stalking offences can include following
and spying on a person, forcing contact and monitoring a person's
use of the internet.
The PCC funds almost £120,000 of services directly aimed at
helping the victims of stalking and harassment.
Black Country Women's Aid's Independent Stalking Advocacy
Caseworkers help women who have been victims of stalking and
harassment and assist with advice, signposting and helping women
make reports to the police. They also ensure that victims know
On Friday 12 April a stalking conference took place. This event
brings together experts, service providers, victims and the public
sharing knowledge to tackle stalking and harassment.
A free app for smartphones has been designed to protect both men
and women from possible danger this is called Hollie Guard.
Hollie Guard turns your smartphone into an advanced personal
safety device at the touch of a button. If in danger simply shake
your phone to generate an alert, your location, audio and video
evidence of the incident will automatically be sent to your
emergency contact via text and email. Shake it again and it sends
out a high pitched alarm and the flash starts to strobe, in order
to attract maximum attention.
Hollie Guard was developed by Panic Guard Ltd for the Hollie
Gazzard Trust and is named after Hollie. The Hollie Gazzard
Trust was set up after the murder of Hollie Gazzard at her salon in
Gloucester in 2014 by her then boyfriend - Asher Maslin, who had
actively stalked Hollie during an abusive relationship.
David Jamieson said: "I am pleased to support National Stalking
Awareness week. Stalking and harassment is a criminal offence has
given a great deal more protection to victims of this awful
"Victims of stalking and harassment are some of the most
vulnerable and it is only right that they should receive the best
possible service: from the point of reporting the offence, through
to investigation and conclusion of the case.
"I commission a number of services which support victims of
stalking and harassment. Black Country Women's Aid's Caseworkers
are doing excellent work in providing advice and information.
"They give legal advice as well as ensuring that victims know
measures they can take to keep them safe and help with reporting
offences to the police."