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Stalking
Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that places a reasonable person in fear for her or his safety. It is against the law in every state. Stalking across state lines or in federal territories is illegal under federal law.

Most stalking victims are former lovers, former spouses, and spouses; however, some stalking victims are co-workers, neighbors, celebrities, political figures, or even strangers. Many women who leave their abusive husbands or partners are ultimately stalked by these men.

1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetimes. Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that places a reasonable person in fear for her or his safety. It is against the law in every state. Stalking across state lines or in federal territories is illegal under federal law.

If you think that you are being stalked, contact local law enforcement and keep track of the phone calls, damages, letters, and anything else they do and say. Do not communicate with the stalker or respond to any attempts to contact you.

Definition of Stalking
While the specifics of each state statute varies, there are three primary elements included in most statutes:
  • The behavior is threatening.
  • The defendant has intent and/or apparent ability to carry out the threat (i.e. criminal intent).
  • The crime involves a "course of conduct," usually defined as "a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose." (NIJ, 1993)

In addition, the definition in a state's statute may include any of the following:

  • A requirement that the victim has reasonable fear for his or her safety.
  • A requirement that the stalking behavior continues after the victim reports it to law enforcement.

A prohibition against non-consensual communication.

  • A specified number of acts and/or a specified period of time that may constitute a "course of conduct." (NIJ, 1993)

Who are stalking vicitms?

Most stalking victims are former lovers, former spouses, and spouses; however, some stalking victims are co-workers, neighbors, celebrities, political figures, or even strangers. (NIJ, 1993)

Many women who leave their abusive husbands or partners are ultimately stalked by these men.

Rapists, pedophiles, and voyeurs also engage in various forms of stalking. Prior to physically stalking a victim, these types of offenders often participate in psychological foreplay or sexual fantasies. In preparation for physically acting out, these offenders "psychologically stalk" their victims before they physically make contact.


Forms of Stalking
  • Telephone
  • Computer (Internet/E-mail)
  • Fax
  • Letters
  • Gifts
  • Following (walking/transport)
  • Going to the victim's home
  • Going to the victim's place of employment
  • Vandalism (such as tearing up the victim's garden, painting on the victim's property, etc)


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