Stalking


Stalking consists of virtually any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear for their safety.

Stalking is a serious, potentially life-threatening crime, and has the potential to permanently change the lives of the victims, as well as affecting their friends, families and co-workers.

In most situations the stalker had a previous or current personal or romantic relationship with the victim. The relationship may have been casual or intimate. If it was intimate, it is probable that he stalker was abusive and controlling in the relationship. Rejection often triggers this type of stalking. The stalker may use threats of violence to reestablish the control they have lost or to seek revenge.

Stalking behaviors include:

  • Persistent, phone calls, text messages, e-mails or notes
  • Following, tracking – often with GPS
  • Finding the person through public records, online searching, or paid investigators
  • Watching with hidden camera, surveillance
  • Suddenly showing up where the victim is – at home, school, work
  • Sending unwanted packages, cards, gifts, or letters
  • Monitoring the victim’s phone calls or computer usage
  • Contacting the victim’s friends, family & co-workers to find out about the victim
  • Threatening to hurt the victim, their family, friends or pets
  • Damaging the victim’s home, car, or other property