It is mental assault.
It is intentional.
It is a crime of power and control.
Contrary to other crimes that usually consist of a single act, stalking consists of numerous incidents spread over time. By definition, stalking involves actions used to make a person feel threatened, intimidated, annoyed, or afraid. It is meant to terrorize, frighten, and make a person feel defenseless.
Domestic violence and stalking
Recent findings reveal that current or formerly battered women have the greatest risk of being stalked. Stalking comes in different forms of behavior and varies in levels of intensity ranging from mild obsession to violent behavior and possible death.
Some stalking behaviors include:
- Making unwanted phone calls
- Sending unwanted text messages and emails
- Sending unwanted gifts
- Maintaining surveillance
- Driving past victim’s home repeatedly
- Showing up at place of work
- Defaming victim’s character
- Breaking into home or car
- Violating a restraining or protective order
- Installing spyware on victim’s computer
- Installing GPS tracking systems on the victim’s car or cell phone
- Making threats and physically assaulting
1 in 12 women are
stalked at least once in
1 in 4 women will