Sinn Féin’s Justice Spokesperson Linda Dillon MLA has called on the Department of Justice to act urgently to prepare new legislation on stalking.
Linda Dillon said:
“I welcome the campaign to mobilise support for new legislation which specifically outlaws stalking.
“Stalking is a deeply insidious, invasive, psychological form of criminal abuse, with shocking side effects and consequences for victims.
“Stalking is a breach of human rights but here in the North it is not a specific criminal offence.
“This is not good enough.
“The Department of Justice consulted on legislative proposals in November 2018. Sinn Féin made a submission to this consultation recommending to follow Scotland’s lead by making stalking a specific criminal offence.
“I’m calling on the Department of Justice to ensure it acts and makes this a priority.”