“Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear,” according to the Department of Justice. Stalking is used as a way to obtain or maintain power and control over another person. It affects men, women, and children of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, disabilities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses. Stalking does not discriminate. Stalking perpetrators can be a partner, family member, friend, acquaintance, or stranger to the victim.
Stalking behaviors can include
- Making threats to the victim, victim’s family, and/or victim’s friends
- Non-consensual communication, such as repeated phone calls, emails, text messages, and unwanted gifts
- Repeated physical or visual closeness, like waiting for the victim to arrive at certain locations, following victim, or watching victim from a distance
- Any other behavior used to contact, harass, track, or threaten the victim
If you or someone you know is experiencing stalking, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to offer support.