Living a life free of fear is a basic right for everyone. It goes against our
values as a society when individuals who are stalked fear for their safety and freedom. Stalking is a dangerous crime that involves a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Stalking behaviors may include repeated unwanted phone calls, unwanted gifts or letters, damage to a home, car, or property, monitoring phone calls or computer use and other actions that control, track, or frighten. Most victims are stalked by someone they know, such as a current or former intimate partner, acquaintance, friend or relative.
Brenda’s ex-boyfriend had been stalking her for the last three months. He has texted her numerous times, sent her emails, and showed up at her work. Brenda called her local domestic violence program. An advocate assisted Brenda in documenting the behaviors she was experiencing and Brenda was eventually able to work with the police to have her ex-boyfriend arrested for stalking.
Stalking Incident & Behavior Logs Many stalking behaviors are in and of themselves not criminal incidents. The gathering of information in a documentation log can assist those who are being stalked in documenting the full course of events, that when placed together, can assist in providing evidence of stalking.
Click here for the Stalking Incident & Behavior Logs.
Or call one of these numbers:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-787-3224 (TTY line for deaf/hearing impaired)
24 hr., free, confidential assistance
National Sexual Assault Hotline
www.rainn.org 24 hr., free, confidential assistance