New laws designed to give extra protection to victims of stalking have come into force.
The Government is also providing new support aimed at reducing domestic and sexual violence and female genital mutilation (FGM).
Two specific criminal offences of stalking have come into force in England and Wales for the first time.
This is part of a package of new funds and measures to crack down on abuse leading into the 16 days of action that follow yesterday's UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
– Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne
Stalking is an appalling crime that destroys lives. The impact on victims can be devastating and we are doing all we can to make sure they have the protection they need and do not have to live in fear.
These new offences send a clear message to offenders that stalking is a serious crime and they will be brought to justice for making others' lives a misery.