January is National Stalking Awareness Month
Stalking is illegal and survivors have rights.
Stalking often co-occurs with intimate partner violence and can be an indicator of other forms of violence.
All stalkers can be dangerous. Intimate partner stalkers, compared to acquaintance and stranger stalkers, are more likely to threaten and physically assault the victim and their friends and family.
Did you know stalking can include these behaviors?
- Repeated phone calls, texts, or communication on your social media
- Sending unwanted gifts to your home or work
- Threatening you or your loved ones
- Following you or watching you from a distance
- Digital harassment, such as tracking your location through an app or showing up at a place you’ve checked into online
Learn more about the crime and ways to plan for your safety:
- Call our 24-hour Crisis Hotline to speak with an advocate: 800-544-2022.
- Read this Survivor’s Handbook created by the Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition.
- Follow SPARC – Stalking Prevention, Awareness & Resource Center.
- Use SHARP (Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile) to get a narrative of a situation and safety strategies.
For the Community
How can you take action?
- Share information on social media. Follow SPARC and share their infographics and other posts to inform your friends and family.
- Learn how to support someone experiencing stalking by reading this document.