Stalking is a form of interpersonal violence. It is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.
*If you are in immediate danger, call 911*
What is stalking?
Stalking is a crime of power and control. While the legal definition of stalking varies from state to state, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a resonable person to feel fear.
Stalking behaviors might include:
- Following you and showing up wherever you go.
- Sending unwanted and persistent gifts, cards, letters, texts, or emails.
- Repeated calling, including hang-ups.
- Monitoring your phone or computer use.
- Driving by or hanging out at your home, work, school, or other places you go.
- Threatening to hurt you, your friends, family, or pets.
- Posting information about you or spreading rumors about you on- and offline.
- Breaking in to your home or car.
- Other actions that control, track, or frighten you.
Self-Help and Education Resources about Stalking:
Not sure if you're being stalked?Read this Are you being stalked? brochure from the Stalking Resource Center.
Find out more about stalking and what you can do at:
Stalking Resource Center, a program of The National Center for Victims of Crime.
What steps can you take if you think you're being stalked?
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
Trust your instincts and do not downplay danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are.
Take threats seriously. Danger is generally higher when the stalker makes threats of suicide or murder.
Contact a crisis hotline.