Stamp down on stalking

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A STALKING victim has helped launch a Glasgow campaign which highlights the warning signs of the crime.

Ann Moulds was the victim of stalking and, although her tormentor was captured and convicted, she felt she had to leave her home, family, friends and business to move some 80 miles to start a new life.

Ann subsequently set up an award-winning campaign, Action Scotland Against Stalking, which helps victims of this disturbing crime.

Now she is backing a new, multi-agency campaign designed to make people aware of the early indicators of stalking and urging them to seek help.

Glasgow Community and Safety Services has produced two short films outlining how incidents which may seem innocent in isolation can actually be signs of stalking.

The films explode the myth that people are mainly stalked by strangers when it can be an acquaintance, colleague or, most commonly, a former intimate partner.

The films were screened at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Tuesday and are available to watch on YouTube and Twitter.

Councillor Jim Coleman, Chair of the Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership, said: “The initial signs of stalking can be insidious but these films are designed to help people identify the warning signs and encourage them to seek support before a situation develops into something really sinister.

“Often people feel helpless and alone but there is no need to suffer in silence. Help and advice is out there for anyone suffering unwanted attention.”