Research

The National Stalking Helpline sometimes receives requests from academics who would like to speak with victims of stalking about their experiences. If you would like to participate in these studies please make direct contact with the academic via their details which are listed below.

University of Lincoln

The researcher is currently  recruiting participants to complete a short 20 minutes questionnaire looking into coping strategies used by victims of stalking.

All results are anonymous and participants do not have to answer an questions they do not wish to. Participants are able to withdraw from the research at any point.

To participate in the survey and for more information please click on the following link https://lincolnpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_e3gSQMB8WNxHLLL

University of Bedfordshire

National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR)

The National Centre for Cyberstalking Research has been established to address the need for research and analysis of this increased threat to individuals and society. Cyberstalking has received a great deal of media attention recently with a spate of recent incidents reaching national and international levels.

The increased public consciousness and media coverage of this issue has driven the need for systematic academic research into the prevalence, motivations, impacts and risk assessment which will lead to effective preventions of and responses to Cyberstalking.

Current research studies are listed here: http://www.beds.ac.uk/research-ref/irac/nccr/echo

Revenge Porn Survey

Revenge porn victims have only recently come forward to describe the harm they have suffered, including stalking, loss of professional and educational opportunities, and psychological damage. As with domestic violence and sexual assault, victims of revenge porn are often reluctant to speak out for fear of  suffering negative consequences. We are only now beginning to get a sense of how large the problem of revenge porn is now that victims have a space for to tell their stories, which has been enabled by  the introduction of the new law.

The fact that non-consensual porn so often involves the  internet and social media, the public and the law has sometimes struggled to understand the mechanics of the conduct and the devastation it can cause. Although revenge porn can happen in a number of contexts, such as broken friendships or for financial gain from an unknown third party, frequently, the intimate images are themselves the result of an abuser’s coercion of a reluctant partner. In numerous cases, abusers have threatened to disclose intimate images of their partners when they attempt to leave the relationship. This is a crime that needs further understanding and a change in attitudes so that its victims do not experience blame for the actions of another.

Unfortunately there is little research available on revenge porn, the National Centre for Cyber stalking has designed a questionnaire  to collect a broad range of information that may help to improve services and raise awareness about the problem.

The survey can be found through this link: https://beds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/the-harassment-and-revenge-porn-survey

 If you or anyone you know has been affected by revenge porn or harassment, these organisations can offer advice and support. The Revenge Porn Helpline on 0845 6000 459, email help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk or The National Stalking Helpline on 0300 636 0300, email advice@stalkinghelpline.org.

Chronic Diseases Self-management and the Experience of Cyberstalking/Online Harassment the UK

Chronic diseases and cyberstalking/online harassment are two increasingly prevalent issues in the UK, both of which are related to poor health outcomes. We are studying the extent, impact, coping of chronically ill individuals with the experience of cyberstalking/online harassment.

If you have a long term condition and experienced cyberstalking/online harassment, please share your experience with us by completing this survey:

https://bedshealthsciences.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bpje8aRuFzUZEC9

For further information please contact us: nccr@beds.ac.uk

If you are an individual or represent a body and would like to work with the centre please email nccr@beds.ac.uk for further information.

 University College Cork

The Interpersonal relationships survey is being conducted as part of PhD research in forensic psychology at University College Cork. This research examines the occurrence of stalking and harassment as well as the nature or characteristics of the relationship between those involved. The survey focuses on past and present incidences between:

1)      Intimate partners or family members

2)      Those in the community or strangers and acquaintances

This survey offers the opportunity for people to express themselves, share their opinions and experiences in a safe and anonymous manner.
No identifying information will be sought or gathered.

Participation would be very much appreciated. For further information please see http://www.vapa.ie/survey.html