WHAT IS STALKING? You can read more about what stalking is.
If you are experiencing unwanted, repeated, obsessive and/or controlling behaviours that make you distressed or scared, you may be being stalked. There are many ways stalking can be perpetrated it is most likely to be someone you already know well such as an ex-partner. There are lots of people and places that can support you if you are being stalked.
INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST SUPPORT:
There are a large number of support services you can call or visit.
- The Suzy Lamplugh Trust & National Stalking Helpline. 0808 802 0300. The Helpline is open 09:30 to 16:00 weekdays except Wednesdays when it is open 13:00 to 16:00. The Helpline is not open on bank holidays.
- Paladin. High-risk stalking support service, advice, guidance and links
- Protection Against Stalking. Advice and testimonials from people who have been stalked
- Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Advocacy Support Helpline
Tel: 08088 010 789 every Tuesday, 11 am to 2 pm.
The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Advocacy Support Helpline is for women affected by gender based violence. At SWRC we know that abuse and violence can affect every area of a woman’s life. Our advocacy workers will be available once a week to answer questions around issues like housing, child welfare, benefits, employment, among many others, as well as to explain legal processes and signpost women to relevant support services. Through this helpline we will also identify women who might benefit from short or long-term non-legal representation, so we can advocate for their rights.
- Mygov.scot. Practical advice and Stalking Support
REPORTING TO THE POLICE:
Stalking is a Criminal Offence.
If you think you are being stalked or are suffering harassment, please report your concerns to Police Scotland at your local police station. You can also call the Police non-urgentlyto report something of concern or even discuss a situation on 101, online or via 999 if it is an emergency.
You can also report the incident anonymously by calling crime stoppers at any point on 0800 555 111
FIND OUT MORE:
RGU SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS & STAFF:
- Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. The purpose of this system is to provide support in the event of sexual violence or harassment. You can also choose to make an anonymous report.
- First Responder Scheme. Our support also system includes specially trained members of Robert Gordon University’s staff who can listen and offer support.
- Student Counselling & Wellbeing Centre. The Counselling & Wellbeing Centre is here to help and support you throughout your time at University.
- Staff Lifeworks Employee Assistance Programme. The EAP service offers confidential independent help, information, and guidance to University staff. It is accessed by telephone or web portal and is totally confidential. The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to employees. It also allows for up to six face-to-face counselling sessions, offered near the caller’s home or place of work.
OTHER SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
- RGU Nightline is an anonymous, confidential, non-judgemental and non-advisory listening and information service run for students by students. Call: 01224 26 36 46. Lines are open 8pm to 8am Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat during term time.
- Samaritans are available to talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue. You don't have to be suicidal. Call: 116 123. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Breathing Space where experienced advisors will listen and offer information and advice. Call their Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87 Opening hours: Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am. Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am
- Four Pillars – Supporting Grampians LGBT+ Community (fourpillarsuk.org)
- Mental Health Aberdeen | MHA local mental health and counselling services.
- Penumbra - Supporting Scotland's Mental Health a charity providing dedicated services for people experiencing mild to serious and enduring mental ill health.