A man who became a victim of stalking says he "wasn't taken seriously" when he reported the crime to the police.
The man, who's asked not to be identified to protect his family, said he’d been “through hell” over a number of years. He says was forced to leave Wales in fear of his and his family’s safety.
He said what began as harassment through phone and email escalated over time.
"My family were in a constant state of terror because of the threats being made to come to our house. They threatened to use baseball bats. When we made 999 calls for assistance, when those threats were being made, the police didn't come to our help so we felt we couldn't live in those conditions anymore"
Figures from Wales’ police forces show the number of offences are on the rise from six in 2015 to 38 by last year. South Wales Police saw the biggest jump with 28 offences in 2017 compared with just 4 in 2015. Although a small number, it's an increase of 600%.
Jonathan Drake, Assistant Chief Constable for South Wales Police, said offering more support and training is high on the force's agenda.
"If we've let anyone down I'd be really disappointed, because that's not the quality of service we look for but what I would say is we're not resting on our laurels so I think in general terms the support we give to victims is really high and we want to content to build on that."
Simon Borja from the charity Safer Wales says male victims need more support.
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