What is stalking?
While legal definition of
stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of
stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause
a reasonable person to feel fear.
Some things stalkers
may do to their victim:
Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails.
Damage the victim’s home, car, or other
Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or
Threaten to hurt the victim, or the victim’s
family or friends.
Monitor the victim’s phone calls or computer
Post information or spread rumors about the
Use technology to track the victim.
Follow their victim.
Other actions that control, track, or frighten the victim.
7.5 million people are stalked annually in the
Over 85% of stalking victims are stalked by
someone they know.
61% of female victims and 44% of male victims of
stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
25% of female victims and 32% of make victims of
stalking are stalked by an acquaintance.
About 1 in 5 of stalking victims are stalked by
Persons aged 18-24 years old experience the
highest rate of stalking.
11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5
years or more.
46% of stalking victims experience at least one
unwanted contact per week.
Stalking Safety Tips:
If possible, have a phone nearby at all times,
preferably one which the stalker has never had access. Memorize emergency numbers, and make sure
that 911 and helpful family or friends are on speed dial.
Treat all threats, direct and indirect, as
legitimate and inform law enforcement immediately.
Vary routines, including changing routes to
work, school, the grocery store, and other places regularly frequented.
When out of the house or work environment, try
not to travel alone and try to stay in public areas.
Do not interact with the person stalking or
harassing you. Responding to stalker’s
actions may reinforce their behavior.
Consider obtaining a protective order against
the stalker. Trust your instincts. If you’re somewhere that doesn’t feel safe,
either find ways to make is safer, or leave.
If you or someone you know is experiencing stalking, please contact your local Someplace Safe office, or call our 24-hour crisis line at 1.800.974.3359.
For more information and resources
on stalking, visit: https://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center