The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has made a substantial commitment to eradicating stalking.

The critical issue affects individuals from all walks of life, prompting the office to finance multiple initiatives to tackle not just stalking itself, but its underlying causes too.

The Stalking Advocacy and Support Service, newly launched by Stop Domestic Abuse, provides both practical help and emotional care for victims in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

A pivotal part of its strategy is a ground-breaking collaboration model that enables the police and crime commissioner's office to engage with offenders directly.

The initiative, known as the Multi Agency Stalking Partnership, focuses on understanding what triggers stalking behaviour and providing tailored interventions. It seeks to interrupt the cycle of offending and encourage long-term change.

Backed by central government funding, the partnership also involves Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, police, probation service and victim support services, offering a holistic approach to managing and reducing stalking in our communities.

Lisa Allam, head of commissioned services at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "Our priority is to ensure that victims of stalking receive the support and protection they deserve. By offering comprehensive advocacy, we aim to empower victims to reclaim their lives and break free from the cycle of fear and intimidation.

"The emotional and psychological impact on victims of stalking can be devastating, so by also working with perpetrators to tackle the root issues and behaviour we can provide support at all levels and better safeguard communities.

"National Stalking Awareness Week is an opportunity to reassure victims there is comprehensive support available, to destigmatise the experiences of victims, and to demonstrate that we are dedicated to working with perpetrators in partnership to break the cycle of offending, to better safeguard communities."

For more information about stalking contact the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 or email