About our Trust
The Alice Ruggles Trust is a Registered Charity. Following our transformation into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), our Registration number (formerly 1175316) has changed to 1186309.
Our mission statement
The Alice Ruggles Trust exists to raise awareness of stalking (including coercive control), to ensure that relevant legislation is effective and adhered to, and to bring about lasting improvements in the management of perpetrators and the protection of victims.
We aim to prevent what happened to Alice happening to others, by:
- raising awareness of coercive control and stalking and their dangers;
- working to ensure that stalking offences result in immediate action both to protect the victim and to deal effectively with the perpetrator;
- providing education and training;
- campaigning for improved legal measures; and
- supporting relevant research.
The Trust’s activities
Since the Trust came into existence in 2017, we have taken part in numerous professional training events throughout England and Wales involving the police, CPS, judiciary, probation officers, domestic abuse case workers, and social and health services. We have also been involved in training initiatives in Greece and Australia, as well as with British Forces Germany. In 2019 we joined forces with the Cheshire Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit (IASU) to launch a new training initiative Working Together Against Stalking.
We campaigned in support of the Stalking Protection Bill, which has now become Law and brings about the introduction of new Stalking Protection Orders, due in January 2020. We will continue to campaign for a Serial Perpetrator Register.
Raising public awareness is a priority. To this end we have taken part in various TV documentaries as well as numerous radio programmes, podcasts and social media campaigns. These have reached millions of people across the UK and around the world. In addition we have made regular contributions to news items about stalking on both national and local media.
A major focus of the Trust going forward is to raise awareness among young people of the dangers of coercive control and stalking. In March 2019 we launched the Alice Ruggles Trust Relationship Safety Resource, quality-assured teaching materials and lesson plans on stalking and coercive behaviour that are freely available to secondary teachers throughout the UK as part of the new statutory RSE strand of PSHE education.
In October 2019 we held our first Trust conference, in Leicester, which brought together a wide range of professional practitioners and academics to discuss best pratice in understanding and tackling stalking. It also formed part of a series of events following on from the publication of the Domestic Homicide Review into Alice’s death. A second Trust conference is planned in the autumn of 2020.More about the Trust's Activities
About our logo
Our logo was designed by Paul Johnson of PJD, based in the Leicestershire village of Tur Langton, where Alice grew up.
Why the turtle? Simply because Alice loved them. They have become a symbol among her family and friends of everything we are trying to achieve in her name. The turtle on the logo was designed by Alice's cousin Reece Hills.
What's behind the strapline? A fundamental principle. Stalking has to become universally recognised for the very serious crime that it is, something that must never be allowed to continue.