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Stalking & Harassment

Stalking is a crime under Scottish law and is an offence against the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 Section 39.

Stalking is a range of unwanted behaviours carried out by one person, or persons, against another. It normally manifests as a course of conduct rather than an isolated incident and can include:

  • Following/surveillance
  • Standing outside a home, school, place of work or anywhere the woman may be
  • Verbal abuse or humiliating a woman in public
  • Sending unsolicited, threatening or unwanted mail
  • Sending unsolicited, threatening or unwanted text messages or emails
  • Sending unwanted/unsolicited gifts
  • Threats against the woman, members of her family, friends or pets
  • Damage to property
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Stalkers rarely employ one type of stalking behaviour and often employ several.
  • See the Action Against Stalking website for further information.

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