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Victims of stalking to receive specialist support though a new Thames Valley-wide service

The Police and Crime Commissioner has announced a new service to improve the support available to victims of stalking

Matthew Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley has announced a Thames Valley Stalking Service providing specialist support to victims of stalking across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The Thames Valley Stalking Service is being delivered by charity Aurora New Dawn.

The service provides emotional and practical support and advocacy to victims of stalking, supporting victims who have experienced any stalking behaviours, not just stalking from ex-intimate partners.

Matthew Barber said: “I am pleased we are able to offer specialist provision to help those affected by stalking in the Thames Valley and to be working with Aurora New Dawn who have proven expertise in this area. The service forms a key part of my strategy launched last year to improve the safety of women and girls in the Thames Valley.

“Stalking can affect every area of a victim’s life with stalking behaviours potentially experienced over long periods of time, leading to emotional and psychological distress and fear.

“It is important that victims get the support they need to cope with the impact on their lives and move forward. This may include helping them cope emotionally, practical safeguarding advice as well as advocacy and guidance to empower them and help them feel safe as they navigate the criminal justice process.”

Aurora New Dawn will be awarded £120,000 a year until March 2025 to deliver the service across the Thames Valley.

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