Cyberstalking is defined as when someone is using the internet to harass, intimidate, threaten or make unwanted advances towards you.
Cyberstalking may involve the monitoring of your online activity and physical locations by the cyberstalker, who could be a range of people, from a complete stranger, to your spouse.
Cyberstalking is a criminal offence and a civil wrongdoing. You may have known the cyberstalker or you may never have met. When it comes to the law, or to cyberstalking advice, there are very few differences between cyberstalking and harassment. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 covers specific events of cyberstalking. Cyberstalking may involve fear of violence or just the cause of serious alarm or distress to the victim. It is possible that harassment that originated in cyber space may cross over into physical stalking. Or, even if not physical, for you it feels that way because if it is on the internet, it never goes away.
There are many cases where cyberstalking simply does no longer satisfy the stalker who then move on the physical stalking and to other forms of harassment. For example, a cyberstalker might start contacting people that you know, your neighbours, work colleagues or members of your family.
Your cyberstalker may think they know you by way of delusion, as what occurs when you are in the public eye. Not knowing whether the cyberstalker is living across the globe or on the same road as you, can cause effects that are similar, or even worse, than offline stalking. The damage to the victim's well-being, because of this reason, can be far wider reaching and constantly escalating and can cause immense psychological, physical, social, general lifestyle and occupational effects on you. Your whole life can be turned upside down if you are a victim of cyberstalking. Victims of cyberstalking can find more cyberstalking information here.
Review sites or social media sites may also involve a covert gathering of information regarding you. There is hardly cyberstalking advice which is standard to all cases of of internet stalking. However, in many cases we have assisted with, the cyberstalker used the information and created web pages and websites devoted to harassing their victim, damaging their data or computer equipment, or steal their identity and impersonate them and use their image that they have surreptitiously obtained.
How you are feeling, as a victim of cyberstalking can often depend on how the police is managing the situation for you. As with many of our clients' experience, despite it being a criminal offence, police handling of cyberstalking has been poor. There is a lack of understanding of the elements of cyberstalking with many police officers still asking victims of cyberstalking to switch off their computers as a way of solving the problem.
It depends who the lawyer is. Unfortunately, there are very few lawyers in England who specialise in cyberstalking, and who have the experience and the technical knowledge you need to help cyberstalking victims. As a general rule, you would want your cyberstalking lawyer to be at least as knowledgeable about the internet and about cyberstalking as your stalker. The more proven experience your lawyer has with cyberstalking, the changes you have of winning back your freedom from your harasser. Our lawyers have assisted dozens of victims of cyberstalking and online harassment and have won cases against all the odds, including cases where the police has given up. We know how to help victims who have been cyberstalked, abused online, trolled, defamed, impersonated and had their private information posted online.
Along with the multi-jurisdictional challenges and the lengths that cyberstalkers can go to to cover their operations, assuming that they are anonymous (and so often they are), has often been extremely challenging for us but we have connections with internet law attorneys around the world and strategies in place. Where some may give up on the enormity of some cyberstalking cases, we won't. There is the mode of thought of making cyberstalkers accountable and getting you the help that you need, that drives us. If you are being cyberstalked online, you might feel that this is the right time to give a solution one more go. Call us and speak to our experts in internet law, as soon as possible. There is a free telephone number - 0800 612 7211 and an email that you can send us via our contact cyberstalking lawyer page.