Media and sports personalities
Media and sports personalities job roles exposes them to different types of abuse including: over enthusiastic admirers, trolls, financial predators and stalkers.
It is a challenge to address stalking when it comes to media personalities because the demands of their job. A footballer has to be on the field, a actor on the stage or screen. There are the other demands such as interviews, personal appearances and social media.
It is important to risk assess each person for stalking threats not only because of personal safety but also to reduce the additional time, effort and stress that can be inflicted by a stalker.
All media clients should have a stalking risk reduction plan that looks at not only personal safety but should also include a data/information strategy.
Management companies are experienced and very good on managing their clients information/image. It also should also be done from the perspective of reducing stalking risks.
Just as important it is to educate the client about stalkers, understand the warning signs, how to discourage stalking behaviour, impact stalking can have on victims and why they need to participate in their own safety.
Should a client have a stalker, that person should be risked assessed and an action plan on how best to try and resolve it. This will involve understanding the type of stalker and their history.