Stalking

Stalking is a series of actions that puts another person in fear.

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Stalking is a series of actions that puts another person in fear.

Being followed, or receiving threatening phone calls, emails or text messages is frightening. Stalking is obsessive or unwanted attention that makes a victim feel constantly pursued and afraid. Community Safety Network can help stop the harassment.

Stalking can be unpredictable and dangerous. A stalker can be a friend or a stranger, although most often some relationship exists. If allowed to continue unchecked, stalking can become violent over time.

Combat stalking by:

  • Trust gut instincts.
  • Call 911 every time the stalker comes in contact, even if non-threating, as a form of documentation.
  • Change phone numbers/contact information and only share with confidants. Keep the old number active to document unwanted calls and have a friend check messages to minimize trauma.
  • Never communicate directly with the stalker.
  • Change routine: drive to work a different way, shift work hours, run and shop at off-hours.
  • Pursue a Stalking Protection Order to send a clear message that the stalking must stop.
  • Build a support network: enlist friends, family, neighbors, co-workers as buffers.
  • Call 307-733-SAFE (7233) to connect with an advocate who can help design a personalized safety plan.
  • For more information online, visit the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime
  • Teens searching for information online should turn to Love is Respect