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Specific tips for victims of Stalking

What is Stalking?
A generally valid Definition of the term. The Canton of Zurich police Department renames Stalking in an information brochure as repeatedly Stalking and Harassing of another Person. Stalkee people often suffer psychological terror to physical Attacks. The behavior of a Person is perceived as burdensome, and affected their way of life or threatens the feeling of safety.

How to react best if you is stalking?
Various brochures rates as a first intervention measure: set boundaries! It starts with by Concerned to take the Situation from the start seriously and the Situation is not to downplay. Often the Stalking is increasing with time in intensity. Therefore, victims should tell their stalkers immediately and clear that you want no more contact. This is best done in front of witnesses and only once. After that, any further contact attempts should be ignored.

Should inform stalkee people in your environment?
Public can protect, it is called in counselors. Concerned should so inform both your private as well as their business environment about the Situation. In addition, Stalkee support for Advisory bodies should look. Further, the police advises that all legal possibilities in order against the Stalker. Is acute the threat, should report to the Concerned immediately to the police.

women Are more likely to be victims than men?
Yes, according to studies, 80 percent of stalking women cases the victim.

Is Stalking a criminal offence?
Here it gets a little complicated. "Stalking" does not exist in Switzerland as a criminal offence. But the actions of a Stalker can fulfill other offences. For example: threat, coercion, trespassing, misuse of a telecommunications installation, defamation bodily injury or sexual assault. Victim counseling rates, therefore, lead to a Stalking diary to collect evidence.

What can do the Zurich police when she learns of Stalking?
The cantonal violence protection act allows for the provisional arrest of the Stalkers, or a temporary contact prohibition and exclusion order against the victim and any children. Disregard the Stalker this, threaten criminal consequences. However, as yet) in a restricted way (: These measures can only be taken if, between the Stalker and the victim is a family or partnership relationship exists or, at least, has passed.

What makes the policy?
in the Future, the measures should be possible if, for example, the chief of the Stalker. The cantonal Parliament has recently mandated the governing Council, the above-mentioned limitation and to change the violence protection law of the Canton of Zurich to the effect. Until next April, the government intends to have implemented this. Also in Federal government in Bern, the issue is of concern to the politicians. The Monitoring of offenders with ankle cuffs or straps are possible. The goal: to be able to make contact and rayon bans, better enforced. In the area of domestic violence, the Parliament wants to change that victims can alone decide whether a criminal case is set. Victims should be less set of offenders under pressure, because by their Act, the procedure could be ended. (sip)

Created: 15.02.2019, 16:08 PM

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