April 25–29, 2022 was National Stalking Awareness Week
The Alice Ruggles Trust, along with other key stakeholders and members of the National Stalking Consortium, led by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, marked this year’s National Stalking Awareness Week with a range of events and activities.
This year’s theme, Bridging The Gap, highlighted the vital role that stalking advocates play in bridging the gap between the victim and the criminal justice system.
- ON MONDAY we launched the Welsh version of our three-minute animated video highlighting the dangers of stalking and the need to seek help, which is going to be delivered into schools throughout Wales. FIND OUT MORE
- ALSO ON MONDAY, the office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner released a blog featuring the work of the Alice Ruggles Trust. VIEW ON DAC WEBSITE
- TUESDAY saw the release of a podcast in which Clive and Richard Spinks, the father of Gracie Spinks, were interviewed by Suzy Lamplugh Trust CEO Suky Bhaker about the critical role that a stalking advocate could have played in their daughters’ cases. FIND OUT MORE
- ALSO ON TUESDAY, Clive spoke to Dyfed-Powys police.
- WEDNESDAY brought the Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s conference “Bridging the Gap”, at which Clive spoke alongside the Victims’ Commissioner, the NPCC leads for Stalking and Harassment and for Violence Against Women and Girls, and others. FIND OUT MORE
- ON THURSDAY Clive gave the closing remarks at “Bridging the Cheshire Gap”, a mini-conference organised by the Cheshire Constabulary multi-agency Harm Reduction Unit.
- ON FRIDAY Sue spoke to Devon and Cornwall police.
On social media during the week, the Alice Ruggles Trust explored and promoted the supporting role that family and friends can play in incidences of stalking.
Throughout the week we highlighted our campaign for dedicated funding to guarantee a minimum of two independent stalking advocates (ISACs) in every police force area. The intervention of an ISAC could have made a critical difference in Alice’s case, as they do in so many others, yet the funding available for ISACs remains tiny compared with the prevalence of stalking. The campaign continues... FIND OUT MORE
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