Online stalking occurs when a person becomes obsessed with another person on the internet, and attempts to scare, harass or intimidate their chosen victim whom they desire after. In other cases, the stalker may be attempting to forge a “personal connection” with their victim.
Stalking online is a criminal offense punishable by the law. One form of stalking online may be considered as long term harassment of a person causing fear and anxiety by use of electronic means, when more than one person collaborate together to stalk a person, this is conspiracy to stalk. This may also include imitating the victim, thereby causing degradation of the victims identity, or obtaining information from the victim or making contact with the victim by deception.
Contact the National Stalking Helpline.
What can the National Stalking Helpline do?
The National Stalking Helpline provides guidance and information to anybody who is currently or has previously been affected by harassment or stalking.
The Helpline can provide guidance on:
- The law in relation to stalking and harassment
- Reporting stalking or harassment
- Effective gathering of evidence
- Ensuring your personal safety and that of your friends and family
- Practical steps to reduce the risk
When should I contact the National Stalking Helpline?
- Are you or someone you know being made to feel harassed or intimidated by the behaviour of another person?
- Are you unsure what can be done about this person’s behaviour?
- Do you feel that you, your friend or family member are at risk of emotional or physical harm?