Stalking victims are “abandoned at every turn” by the police.

Claire Waxman and Elliot Fogel

Victims Advocates for London Claire Waxman and Elliot Fogel, who have stalked them for years (Images: REX/Shutterstock/Central News)

Police don’t recognize criminals as stalkers and don’t protect their victims, activists claim.

The National Stalking Consortium has filed a Super Complaint – a mechanism to raise concerns about broader trends in policing – saying only five per cent of cases in England and Wales end in a charge.

Victims are “abandoned at every turn,” said consortium member Suzy Lamplugh Trust. Activists claim that officers fail to recognize patterns of behavior and do not adequately apply protective orders.

Claire Waxman, Victims’ Officer for London, has endured years of stalking by producer Elliot Fogel – and told the BBC his recent 16-month sentence was an “insult”.

“Stalking behavior is ignored or minimized, and restraining order violations are not taken seriously enough,” Ms. Waxman said.

“Changes are long overdue as stalking victims deserve protection.”

A watchdog decides whether the Super Complaint can be investigated. Dep Ch Con Paul Mills of the National Police Chiefs’ Council admitted, “There is still work to be done to improve outcomes for stalking victims.” Police said the number of registered cases had increased amid better awareness.

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