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January is National Stalking Awareness Month

What is StALkING?

While legal definitions 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.

Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.

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.

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Stalking Statistics

7.5 million people are stalked in one year in the United States.

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 male victims of stalking are stalked by an acquaintance.

About 1 in 5 of stalking victims are stalked by a stranger.

Persons aged 18-24 years 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.

Learn More

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.

Stalking Fact Sheet                                   Stalking Log and Instructions

More Information                                       Stalking Safety Planning

We provide services to address the needs of all victims of stalking – including those stalked by someone who is not an intimate partner. Please contact us!