Paladin – a new national advocacy service for stalking was established in the spring and formally launched on 11 July 2013 in the House of Lords.  Laura Richards is one of the co-directors and she has a background in campaigning for improved responses to domestic violence and stalking and was the person who analysed a number of domestic violence homicides which led to her developing the DASH Risk Assessment.

Although based in London, Paladin can assist high risk victims throughout England and Wales, and has a number of Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers (ISACs) who will ensure that high risk victims of stalking are supported and that a coordinated community response is developed locally to the victims to keep them and their children safe.  Further information can be found on their website: