Stalking is defined as: a pattern of behaviors directed at a specific individual that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantive emotional distress.
Stalking behavior can take many forms. A stalker might use technology to monitor their victim by watching their location, reading their texts or emails, controlling their social media. A stalker might also constantly call or text the victim to check up on what they are doing, where they are, or to just remind them that the stalker has access to them. A stalker might follow the victim around, contact their family, even watch their house or work. A stalker could send unwanted notes and gifts to the victim and even threaten or physically harm the victim.
The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know and stalkers that are intimate partners can be the most dangerous.
If you suspect you may be experiencing stalking please call one of our advocates. We can assist you in identifying the stalking behavior, safety planning, and with a police report if you choose to report the stalker. Call today: 1-800-834-0654, all of our services are free and confidential.