Decision 34/2022 – East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service Stalking Advocate 2022

Author and Job Role: Lucy Thomas, Commissioning & Policy Lead for Victim Services

Protective Marking:  OFFICIAL

Executive Summary:

Police & Crime Commissioners have the statutory responsibility to provide services to support victims cope and recover. Stalking is a complex crime and victims require dedicated ongoing support.


Stalking is a prevalent and devastating crime experienced by 1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men, affecting over 1.5 million people in England and Wales every year (Crime Survey England and Wales, 2020).

Stalking is widely recognised as a complex crime, requiring ongoing case management. Many victims of stalking cite a lack of understanding and confidence with regards to what steps to take, a gap which will be tackled by provision of these posts.


A Stalking Advocate (1×35 hour) post to be embedded in East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service (ESDAS) to support victims of intimate stalking. The Police and Crime Commissioner to award £67,988 to fund this post until the end of March 2024.

Police and Crime Commissioner Approval

I approve the recommendation(s):

Signature: Lisa Townsend, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey (Wet signed copy held at Commissioner’s Office)

Date: 09 December 2022

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Areas of consideration

Financial implications

No implication

Legal considerations

No legal implication


No risks

Equality and diversity

No implications

Risks to human rights

No risks