cropped-Rachel-Horman-PotY-web.jpgA recently published BBC News feature covering Home Office plans to introduce a new court order to tackle stalking in England and Wales included comment from Watson Ramsbottom Director Rachel Horman.

Acknowledged as a leading national expert in the areas of domestic abuse, forced marriage, stalking and harassment, Rachel is also the Chairperson of Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy Service.

The BBC feature relates to a rise in so-called “stranger stalking” where people target victims they have never met or barely know. The full article can be seen at this link:

Commenting on the Home Office plans, Rachel Horman said “the measures were “massively welcome” but more work was still needed.

She continued: “Stalking is being dealt with in the same way as domestic violence was about 30 years ago – it’s not understood. Stalking does lead to rape, murder and domestic violence.

“The average victim will be stalked 100 times before they even bother to report it [but] we recently published a study that shows that only 1% of stalking crimes reported to the police resulted in any charges at all.”

You can read further details about Rachel’s work on her Domestic Abuse Lawyer blog at or follow on Twitter @rachelhorman