Covid-19 has had an impact on domestic violence and not a day goes by without an article in the news on that topic. What is important to know, COVID or not, domestic violence victims can still leave their homes and seek help and advice. But what about stalking…
Someone asked me recently, “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 has 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 or illness or to escape the 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” provides information about where you can find support, such as the 99 Silent Solution System, Helplines and Online Support Forums.
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.
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