Stalking

What is Stalking?

When a person purposefully, knowingly or recklessly engages in conduct that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of their family. Stalking is serious, often violent and can escalate over time. It is important to understand that a person does not need to have had a personal relationship with someone in order to become a victim of stalking.

Stalkers can:

  • Follow you and show up in the places you are.
  • Send you unwanted gifts, letters, texts and emails.
  • Threaten to harm you, your family and even your pets.
  • Damage your property like your car, or home.
  • Try to get information about you from friends, family members or co-workers.
  • Follow or track you using technology
  • Monitor your cell phone or computer usage
  • Post rumors about you  on social media to try and engage you.
  • Any other action that places you in fear, or shows that a stalker is trying to control you.

Stalking Victimization…

  • 6.6 million people are stalked each year in the United States
  • 3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know
  • 66% of female victims and 41% of male victims are stalked by a CURRENT or FORMER intimate partner
  • People aged 18-24 experience the highest rate of stalking

 

Impacts of Stalking…

  • Stalking victims can feel fear about what the stalker may do next.
  • They can feel vulnerable and not know who to trust.
  • They can face sleeplessness, anxiety, loss of appetite, depression and irritability.
  • They can feel hopeless.

If you are a victim of stalking, get connected to an advocate at the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire. We can assist you with safety planning, navigating the court process and assist in getting you connected to legal services. We can also offer support in those times when you feel like you have no place else to turn.