Sarah Champion supports Stalking Protection Bill
Today I was pleased to support Sarah Wollaston's Stalking Protection Bill. This would allow police to apply for Stalking Protection Orders that could ban stalkers from contacting their victims and make sure they register all their names and addresses.
The 2016 Crime Survey for England and Wales showed 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men had experienced stalking since the age of 16. When it's a celebrity being stalked we take notice, but this is happening to millions of people, day in, day out.
Stalking can lead to horrific crimes, including domestic violence, sexual assault and murder. A study by Suzy Lamplugh Trust showed that in over 350 femicides (murders of women), stalking behaviours were present in 94% of the cases in the year leading to the murder.
Sadly, too often there isn't enough evidence for police to make an arrest before it's too late.
Stalking Protection Orders would be an important early intervention tool available to police officers whilst a criminal investigation is ongoing.
An early intervention that could literally be the difference between life and death.