First ever stalking law launched

The implementation of the first ever stalking law in England and Wales will come into force today.

Law to provide support to victims of stalking

Writing for the 'Independent Parliamentary Inquiry into Stalking Law Reform' in February 2012, Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd MP said:

Stalking is a crime that rips relationships apart and shatters lives. But for too long it has remained a hidden crime, a crime which victims have been reluctant to report out of fear that they wouldn’t be taken seriously.

Too many victims receive little or no support from the criminal justice system while sentencing practices mean perpetrators receive insufficient punishment for the damage they have caused. For no longer should the rights of perpetrators overrule the rights all victims have to safety

– Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd MP, in February 2012

Launch of stalking law in England and Wales

The implementation of the first ever stalking law in England and Wales will come into force today.

It means offenders will face a jail sentence for up to five years and unlimited fines if found guilty.

The introduction of the new law follows on from a year-long campaign into strengthening the law on stalking chaired by Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd MP and advised by Harry Fletcher, Assistant General Secretary of NAPO and Laura Richards, a criminal behavioural psychologist

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