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Stalking becomes a crime

Stalking has become a specific criminal offence in England and Wales in a move to improve victims' safety. The government has introduced two new offences: stalking and stalking involving a fear of violence.

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Equalities Minister: Stalking victims 'better protected'

Victims and Equalities Minister Helen Grant said creating new stalking offences will ensure "victims of this heinous crime are better protected and will bring more offenders to justice".

Ms Grant said:

The Government's ambition is nothing less than ending all forms of violence against women and girls.

But we must also ensure that if people's lives are affected by crime, the right kind of help or support is available.

For the first time we have made sure nearly £40 million of Central Government funding is in place for organisations that do so much to help victims, often with so little.

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