Key Statistics

Key Statistics (data from 26/04/10 to 22/02/12)

  • 3202 total contacts made to the National Stalking Helpline.

  • Of these, 1170 (36.5%) were by email, 2031 (63.4%) by telephone and 1 by letter (0.03%).

  • Average call length = 18 minutes

  • 87% of calls originated from England

  • Who called? Victim 2730 (85.6%), third party 401 (12.5%), third party professional 41 (1.3%) and offender 30 (0.9%).

  • Female 2510 (79.2%), male 631 (19.9%), more than 1 person 27 (0.9%)

  • Stalker / Victim Relationship: acquaintance 641 (21.2%), colleague / ex colleague 183 (6.1%), ex intimate 1160 (38.4%), family member 82 (2.7%), neighbour 333 (11%), other 84 (2.8%), stranger 287 9.5%), unknown 253 (8.4%).

  • Civil Advice Sought: yes 297 (10.8%), no 2333 (85.1%). 76 (2.8%) considered it but too expensive, 35 (1.3%) considered but told to go to police.

  • Number of callers having previously reported to the police: yes 1637 (51.1%), no 1565 (48.9%).

  • Common Stalking behaviours and their occurrences (based on 2955 contacts made since 01/06/2010). Email 774 (25.2%), Text messages 908 (30.7%), Phone calls 974 (33%), Following 836 (28.3%), Break in 149 (5%), Letter 332 (11.2%), Gifts 155 (5.2%), Death threats 154 (5.2%), Physical Assault 173 (5.9%), Criminal Damage 253 (8.7%), Sexual Assault 33 (1.1%), Use of Third Party 723 (24.4%), Threaten Suicide 95 (3.2%), Social networking sites 473 (16%), Visit house/work 659 (22.3%), Vexatious complaints 241 (8.2%), Other 957 (32.4%)

  • Length of time stalked (taken from 1634 cases): 0-1 month 160 (9.8%), 1-3 months 161 (9.9%), 3-6 months 186 (11.4%), 6-12 months 239 (14.6%), 1-2 years 295 (18.1%), 2-5 years 314 (19.2%), 5-10 years 159 (9.7%), more than 10 years 82 (5%), more than 20 years 38 (2.3%)

  • Since launching the website www.stalkinghelpline.org on 29/04/2010, the website has had 22,093 unique visitors and 28,561 visits. 77.1% of visitors to the website are new.