Stalking is a serious issue affecting more than six million people each year. It can be a terrifying crime for those who experience it, and it is often one of many tactics that abusers use in order to maintain power and control over a current or former intimate partner.

Identifying Stalking Behaviors 

The United States Department of Justice defines stalking as “engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for [their] safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.” Stalking often encompasses unwanted, repeated behaviors that are intended to surveil, monitor, threaten, and ultimately scare someone, such as:

  • Communicating persistently via phone, text messages, or social media
  • Sending unwelcome items or gifts
  • Showing up repeatedly at someone’s home, school, or workplace
  • Following someone in-person or via technology (like a GPS device or an app)
  • Intentionally damaging someone’s property
  • Threatening someone or their family, friends, or pets

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