Thursday, 18 April 2013


Plaid Cymru's Elfyn Llwyd MP has used National Stalking Awareness Day (18th April) to highlight the importance of acting on commitments made in light of the new stalking law in order to ensure its effective enforcement. The theme for the day this year is ‘Know the Law, Use the Law’. Mr Llwyd, chaired the Independent Parliamentary Inquiry into Stalking Law Reform which resulted in a new law on stalking being introduced in November 2012, he stressed the need for scrutiny to make sure that the inquiry's recommendation that training be made mandatory for all criminal justice professionals on how to recognise and treat stalking cases is properly implemented. National Stalking Awareness Day is not only a time to remember those whose lives have been ruined or taken away from them because of this terrible crime, but also to raise awareness of practical steps which can be taken to secure justice for the victims.

Plaid Cymru's Elfyn Llwyd MP said:

"This is the first National Stalking Awareness Day since the new stalking law became operational last November, and it presents an excellent opportunity to remind people of what the new legislation means.

"The Independent Parliamentary Inquiry put support for the victims of stalking at the heart of future legislation.  We wanted to give victims a voice in the justice system.

"This entailed mapping out detailed recommendations such as training for criminal justice professionals on how to recognise and treat stalking behaviour - we cannot allow any more victims to be secondarily victimised by shoddy treatment from the justice system.

"We must also introduce treatment programmes for perpetrators, much as is common for sex offenders, in order to tackle the psychological problems which underpin their behaviour.  Stalking, like rape, is characteristic of obsessive behaviour, and will not go away untreated.
“I have written to the Home Secretary requesting an update on the implementation of the new law, including the training of professionals and improving victims’ advocacy, and I look forward to reading her response.
"If we want to see this improvement in victims' advocacy and more perpetrators being held to account, police forces across England and Wales must introduce training - this can mean murder prevention; it is not an optional extra."

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