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Stalking

Stalking is a pattern of activity, characterized by threatening behaviors that inflict psychological trauma on the victim, and may result in serious injury or even death. It is one of the tactics commonly used by batterers to terrorize survivors. However, it can also occur in situations where there has been no intimate relationship.

Stalking includes a broad range of behaviors such as: following or waiting outside a person’s home, office, property or school; sending or making written threats including via email, and verbal threats either directly, by phone, or through a third person; repeatedly coming into the victim’s line of sight or personal space; monitoring computer use; committing a crime against the person; damaging her/his property or pets; and generally harassing the person. The stalker may begin with behavior such as seemingly harmless or coincidental contact, then escalate the frequency and level of intimidation which quickly becomes an unwanted intrusion in the person’s life. In one-fourth of stalking cases, the behavior escalates into physical or sexual assaults. In a small percentage of cases, the stalker eventually attempts to murder or does murder the victim.

Stalking behavior in the workplace is a serious issue and poses a real threat of violence. According to the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime

Steps for victims of stalking to consider include:

To learn more about stalking, take our stalking quiz.