Stalking During COVID-19
Updated: Oct 3, 2020
I have written articles throughout the COVID-19 lockdown about how those of domestic violence can still leave their homes and seek help and advice.
Someone asked me, “what about stalking?”. I thought that this was quite an interesting question as it makes you wonder how somebody could be stalked whilst we were all under lockdown. Well, it is 100% possible.
As many victims have not received any clear guidance about how stalking cases are approached during the Covid-19 lockdown, the CPS have advised:
“We share the concern that victims of stalking must feel supported during lockdown. CPS takes stalking extremely seriously, and we remain determined to bring perpetrators to justice and provide victims with the greatest possible protection from repeat offending to help them feel safe.”
Remember, it is a “reasonable excuse” to seek medical assistance, including access to critical public services (such as, social services and services provided to victims) and to avoid injury of illness or to escape risk of harm.
There are options available to those in need and the law can provide protection.
The article “Covid-19 lockdown vs Domestic Violence” provide information about where you can find support, such as the 99 Silent Solution System, Helplines and Online Support Forums.
Although this “very simple instruction” by the Prime Minister is to stay at home, stalking and domestic violence continue to be an issue faced by many during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The information provided in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice and you should take full and comprehensive legal advice on your individual circumstances by a fully qualified Solicitor before you embark on any course of action.
Emma Aslett Penn Chambers Solicitors 0207 183 4595