Domestic Abuse Awareness Week – 25- 29 November 2013
Everything you do online leaves a trace… Revealing too much could leave you open to being cyberstalked.
One in five women and one in 10 men report being stalked at some point in their lives (British Crime Survey 2009/10).
Stalking is a key factor in many domestic abuse cases and is predominantly committed by a former partner after a relationship has ended. With the growth of internet use the popularity of the internet and social networking sites, cyberstalking has increased as a new issue.
Cyberstalking can be defined as threatening behaviour, unwanted advances or harassment through the internet, email, social networking sites or text messages. It is deliberate, persistent and personal and involves the pursuit, harassment, or contact of others in an unwanted manner.
Three of the most commmon are: online abuse; trolling and sexting.
The deliberate, repeated and hostile behaviour by an individual or group with the intention of harming another person (physically or emotionally) usually inflicted through the internet and social media websites.
Sexting is the distribution of sexually explicit images or video via mobile phones or the internet. Often carried out by ex-partners who still have access to sexually explicit images to humiliate and embarrass their victim.
Trolling is purposely sowing hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny, or bickering through the internet and social media websites
For more information about stalking and cyberstalking click here
For help and support click here
Devon and Cornwall Police treats reports of stalking and harassment very seriously.
If you are a victim of stalking, it is essential you gather evidence about incidents taken place – no matter how trivial they might appear. The more information you can give us the more evidence the police can use for their investigation.
Keep a good log which documents everything that has been happening to you and include all events you believe to be connected to your stalker - phone calls, electronic communication such as text messages and emails.
The log should contain the following details about the incident:
location/website where the incident takes place
how it makes you feel
Keep copies of all electronic messages your stalker sends you by printing out hard copies of emails, take screenshots of text conversations and some mobile handsets will allow you to download your texts and even your call lists onto your computer for future reference.
Report the incidents to the police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.
For more information on how to, protect yourself online click here