Stalking is a pattern of fixated and obsessive behaviour which is repeated, intrusive and causes fear, alarm and distress.
It can happen with or without fear of violence. This means if you are receiving persistent, unwanted contact from a person but they have not threatened you, it is still stalking and is not acceptable.
It can consist of lots of different behaviours including:
- Regularly sending flowers or gifts
- Making unwanted or malicious communication
- Damaging property
- Physical or sexual assault
Stalking can go on for a long period of time, making you feel constantly anxious, worried and afraid. It can be difficult to recognise that someone’s persistent actions are harassing and stalking behaviours. It can help to talk this through with someone.
If you have been affected by Cyber-stalking or any form of online harassment, you can get more information and safety tips from Get Safe Online.
A good first step is to speak with an Advisor at the Student Wellbeing Centre who will be able to talk through your choices with you. You can also access our SVLO service.
You can also report incidents to us online either anonymously or with contact details for support by clicking on our online reporting link.