So this may end up being quite long and heavy for a Thursday afternoon thread, apologies. I know there's a few people on here who are lawyers/studied law/knowledgeable about this kind of thing, and some advice would be appreciated on how to proceed with this situation...
Basic background gist is:
- My thinly veiled has been stalked by a man she doesn't know (and has never had a full conversation with!) for the best part of 2 years. He found her at her work place and spent months following her, stealing her belongings and leaving her all manner of weird presents before it finally went to court.
- She has a restraining order against him forbidding any contact or coming within close proximity of her workplace, but he's breached it 3 times in the last 10 months. The first time, back in March, resulted in a prison sentence of 18 weeks and an extension of the restraining order until 2017.
- He breached it again about 2 months ago, this time sending her family and work colleagues messages on Facebook, setting up websites devoted to her and eventually tracking down her Twitter account and sending 30+ messages a day to her for 2 weeks, until he was finally arrested.
So today he's finally been sentenced...for 18 weeks again. Which means he'll be out in mid-October due to time already spent in custody. My girlfriend is understandably incredibly upset at the verdict, as this had absolutely no effect on him last time, and her daily life has been miserable for about a year with the worry and stress.
My question is: as the victim, does she have any rights to appeal against the sentence for being too lenient or ineffective? Is there a process through which she can state her concerns that she doesn't think adequate enough measures are being taken to keep her safe / keep this man out of her life? Would be really interested to hear if there's anything along these lines we/she could do...