The purpose of this Bill is to create a new civil Stalking Protection Order to protect members of the public from stalking.
The new order will:
- be available on application from the police to the courts;
- enable the imposition of both prohibitions and requirements on the perpetrator; and
- have a criminal penalty for breach.
The new order is designed for use particularly in cases where:
- the stalking occurs outside of a domestic abuse context, or where the perpetrator is not a current or former intimate partner of the victim (so called ‘stranger stalking’); or
- the criminal threshold has not, or has not yet, been met (such as while a criminal case is being built), or the victim does not support a prosecution.
The intention of this Bill is to provide the police with an additional tool with which to protect victims of stalking and to fill a gap within the existing protective order regime.
This is a Private Members’ Bill from Sarah Wollaston MP.
Very hard to argue against this one.
How to get involved
Contact your MP or the Bill’s sponsor Sarah Wollaston MP.
If I don’t act, will it go through?
Most Private Members’ Bills don’t go through, but this is a longer Parliamentary session than normal so all bets are off.