Stalking is unwanted or obsessive attention given by an individual or group towards another individual. In most circumstances the unwanted attention causes the individual to feel fearful that they themselves or someone close to them will be harmed. An estimated 75% of stalking survivors are stalked by someone they know. 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have been the victim of stalking at some point in their lives. Stalking behaviors include but are not limited to:

  • Persistent, unwanted phone calls, emails, voice mails or text messages
  • Sending cards, flowers, or other gifts – some may be inappropriate or bizarre
  • Monitoring phone records, internet history, text messages, and/or computer usage
  • Lurking around work, school, home or neighborhood
  • Angry outburst, verbal and/or physical threats