Stalking is a Crime
A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most 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.
Are You Being Stalked?
Follow you and show up wherever you are
Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or emails
Damage your home, car, or other property
Monitor your phone calls, computer use, and track where you go
Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets
Attempt to control, track, or frighten you
What you can do if you feel you are being stalked.
Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another, yet you can take steps to increase your safety. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
- Trust Your Instincts.
Do not downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are. Take threats seriously, because generally danger is higher when the stalker talks about suicide or murder or when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship.
- Contact A Crisis Hotline, Victim Services Agency, Domestic Violence, Or Rape Crisis Program.
They can help you devise a safety plan, give you information about local laws, refer you to other services and weigh options such as seeking a protection order. Also decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, school, or somewhere else. Tell people how they can help you.
- Do Not Communicate With The Stalker Or Respond To Attempts To Contact You.
Keep evidence of the stalking and when the stalker follows you write down the time, date, and place. Keep all emails, phone messages, letters, or notes. Also photograph anything you own that the stalker damages and any injuries caused. Ask witnesses to write down what they saw.
- Contact The Police.
Every state has stalking laws and the stalker may have broken other laws by doing things like assaulting you or stealing/destroying property. Consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you.
- Tell Family, Friends, Roommates, And Co-Workers About The Stalking And Seek Their Support.
Tell security staff at your job or school. Ask them to help watch out for your safety.
For more information please call our hotline at 814-944-3585 or 1-800-500-2849.