National Stalking Awareness Day 2014
National Stalking Awareness Day – 24th April 2014
This year’s campaign – “Working Without Fear” – aims to eliminate workplace stalking and provide information to employers about how they can support employees who disclose stalking behaviour.
Stalking and the workplace
- 1 in 20 callers to the National Stalking Helpline are stalked by a colleague or ex colleague.
- In a quarter of cases reported to our Helpline, a stalker will present at the victim’s workplace, however other research indicates that half of all stalkers present in the workplace.
- 50% of stalking victims reduce or stop work as a consequence of being stalked (Pathe and Mullen 1997).
- Many stalkers who present in the workplace will be ex-partners of female victims of stalking who may have also experienced domestic abuse within the relationship.
- Feldmann and colleagues (1997) found that stalking cases in general resulted in workplace violence 44% of the time and this increased to 67% in medical facilities.
- The Workplace Violence Research Institute found that 90% of corporate security professionals had handled 3 or more incidents of men stalking women in the workplace and claimed stalking was related to homicide in 15% of cases (Smock and Kuennen, 2002).
We have written a guide for employers about how best to support those affected by stalking in the workplace. You can download that document by clicking on the link below (please be aware this may take a few minutes to download):
We have also created two posters which can be displayed in the workplace. They can be downloaded here: