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Take stalking seriously. It’s not just an inconvenience or annoying!! It can get you killed! If you are being stalked, you are in serious danger.

Definition of stalking:

“A course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity, nonconsensual communication or verbal, written or implied threats, or a combination of these that would cause a reasonable person to fear, with ‘reasonable’ meaning on two or more occasions. The penal code does not require stalkers to make a credible threat of violence against victims but does require that victims feel a high level of fear of bodily harm.

  • 81% of women stalked by a current or ex-intimate partner were physically assaulted.
  • 31% were also sexually assaulted.
  • Anyone can be a victim; anyone can be a stalker.
  • The average stalking case lasts 1.8 years. (NIJ/CDC, Stalking in America”, 1989)
  • 90% of murder victims were stalked first.

Motivation of stalkers:

They are insecure; they feel they have been injured, annihilated, betrayed. Their overriding thought is “Nobody is going to control me.” They want to prove “I’ll do whatever I want!” They disobey restraining orders.

The most dangerous stalkers:

  • Don’t care if they are recognized or known
  • Have public encounters or assaults
  • Leave threatening phone message
  • Send threatening, signed mail.

Psychology of a stalker:

Suspect had a relationship with victim and cannot accept that it has ended. This is the most common and the most dangerous. He or she is obsessed with the victim; is possessive; wants revenge, re-attachment, vindication. Needs to prove that he or she is right.

What stalking victims should do:

  • Trust your instincts.
  • Disengage – do not talk or meet with the stalker ever; it only encourages him or her.
  • Keep accurate records of every incident: tape messages; keep letters, cards, notes, objects sent or left, any photos sent.

Common Stalking Behaviors:

  • Harassing
  • Annoying
  • Threatening
  • Assault
  • Unwanted gifts
  • Mail threats
  • Violation of protection order
  • Disabling vehicle
  • Hurting victim’s pet
  • Burglary
  • Obtaining personal information about the victim
  • Surveillance
  • Photographing victim
  • Arson
  • Tapping phone
  • False police reports
  • Using the post office or department of motor vehicles to find victim
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual assault
  • Threats to kill victim or her family


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