Legal definitions of stalking vary from state to state; a good working definition of stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalkers use many types of actions to frighten, harass, and control victims.
Signs you are being stalked:
- Repeatedly following a person
- Driving by, or sitting outside your place of employment, home, or school
- Contacting victim through unwanted phone calls, emails, and text messages
- Sending unwanted gifts
- Tracking your activity via GPS, and through social media, public records or online search services.
- Vandalizing your property
- Threatening to hurt you or someone close to you
What can you do?
- In immediate danger call 911
- Take all threats seriously
- Do not communicate with the stalker
- Set all social media to private settings
- Contact a crisis hotline, or domestic violence agency for assistance. They can assist you with developing a safety plan and ling a protective order.
- Always document and keep evidence if your stalker makes contact with you, document the date, time, and ways of communication,.
- Keep all emails, text messages, letters, notes, etc.
- Take photographs as well, especially if any damage has taken place to your property.
- If you have any witnesses, ask them to write a statement.
- Tell your family, friends, and co-workers about the stalking situation. Provide them with a photo, if at all possible.
- Inform security at your place of employment about your situation.