National Stalking Awareness Week starts today and runs until Friday, 28th April.
The annual awareness-raising event is coordinated by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and the National Stalking Consortium and will see a raft of partners hosting a programme of events aimed at exposing the misery that victims experience and raising awareness of stalking.
The week will also be used to highlight the effect stalking can have on people and send out the message that #StalkingMatters and that no-one should live in fear of another individual.
Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted behaviour that causes a person to feel distressed or scared. It can be perpetrated by men or women. Stalking can happen with or without a fear of violence.
This means that if you are receiving persistent unwanted contact that is causing you distress but the person has never threatened you, this is still stalking and is not acceptable.
One of the focuses of the week is helping professionals to recognise the signs of stalking at an early stage and encourage people to think about the motives behind such behaviours.
For more information and to find out about events which are being held, please visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust website.
For help and support, contact the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300.
Raise awareness and show your support for National Stalking Awareness Week by using the hashtags #StalkingMatters and #NSAW17 on social media.