Stalking • Harassment

What is Stalking? 
Stalking is often defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
You are not to blame for a stalker’s behavior.
Some things stalkers do: 

  •  Follow you and show up wherever you are
  •  Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails
  •  Damage your home, car, or other property
  •  Monitor your phone calls or computer use
  •  Use technology, like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS), to track where you go
  •  Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or work
  •  Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets
  •  Find out about you by using public records or online search services, hiring investigators, going through your garbage,
    or contacting friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers

  •  Posting information or spreading rumors about you on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth
  •  Other actions that control, track, or frighten you
Who are Stalkers?
  • A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most stalkers have dated or been involved with the people they stalk. Most stalking cases involve men stalking women, but men do stalk men, women do stalk women, and women do stalk men.
  • 2/3 of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method.
  • 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach.
  • Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.
  • Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.
  • Intimate partner stalkers frequently approach their targets, and their behaviors escalate quickly.
Impact of Stalking
If you are being stalked, you may:
  • Feel anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge.
  • Feel depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed, tearful, or angry.
  • Feel stressed, including having trouble concentrating, sleeping, or remembering things.
  • Have eating problems, such as appetite loss, forgetting to eat, or overeating.
  • Have flashbacks, disturbing thoughts, feelings, or memories.
  • The prevalence of anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression is much higher among stalking victims than the general population, especially if the stalking involves being followed or having one’s property destroyed.