Tricia Bernal & Carol Faruqui's daughters Clare & Rana were stalked before being murdered by their former partners. The two Mothers co-founded the charity Protection Against Stalking (PAS) to raise awareness of stalking and prevent other parents experiencing the same tragic loss.
They were very successful; in record-breaking time PAS collaborated with others and campaigned to establish a national stalking helpline 0808 802 0300 (now managed by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust), introduce the offence(s) of stalking, develop nationally recognised training programmes for professionals and created a network of skilled advisors to assist stalking victims.
But the complex nature of stalking remains poorly understood and not recognised, evidenced by the recent murders of Shana Grice, Molly McLaren and Alice Ruggles. Dr. Jane Monckton-Smith reviewed over 350 criminal homicides between 2012 and 2014 and found stalking behaviour in the form of obsession and fixation evident in 94% of the cases.
EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION SAVES LIVES
Protection Against Stalking needs your help and support to continue raising awareness of staking and to provide locally-based advocacy support to victims and their families at risk of stalking. They want to work with criminal justice, community safety & HR professionals and other organisations to improve knowledge and understanding of stalking and be able to differentiate between stalking and harassment. They want to ensure there is early recognition of and effective interventions for victims of stalking and they want to provide access to credible and reliable information on stalking and safety planning .
TRICIA BERNAL WILL BE WALKING THE 96 MILES OF THE WEST HIGHLAND WAY FROM 15TH MAY 2019 WITH CLIVE & SUE RUGGLES, PARENTS OF ALICE RUGGLES WHO WAS MURDERED BY HER FORMER BOYFRIEND IN 2016. ALICE HAD ALSO BEEN STALKED BEFORE BEING MURDERED..
THE ALICE RUGGLES TRUST ALSO EXISTS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF STALKING, TO ENSURE LEGISLATION IS EFFECTIVE AND TO BRING ABOUT LASTING IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PERPETRATORS AND THE PROTECTION OF VICTIMS.
ALL DONATIONS RECEIVED OVER THE NEXT MONTH WILL BE SHARED EQUALLY BETWEEN PROTECTION AGAINST STALKING AND THE ALICE RUGGLES TRUST.
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