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Stalking

Stalking is a series of action that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is serious, often violent and can escalate over time. A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. 

Some things stalkers may do:

Repeatedly call you, including hang ups.

Follow you and show up wherever you are

Send unwanted gifts, letters, texts or emails

Drive by or hang out at your home, school or workplace

Threaten to hurt you, your family or pets

Monitor your phone calls or computer use

Post information or spread rumors about you on the internet, in a public place or by word of mouth

 

If you are being stalked you may be feeling:

In fear of what the stalker might do

Vulnerable or unsafe, and not know who you can trust

Anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge

Overwhelmed, confused, tearful or angry

Stressed, may have trouble sleeping, concentrating or remmembering things

Isolated because other people dont understand why you are afraid

Things you can do:

If you are in immediate danger, call 911

Trust your instincts, if you feel unsafe you probably are

Take threats seriously. Danger is usually higher when the stalker is talking about suicide or murder, or when you are trying to leave or end the relationship.

Contact our hotline (888-5256) and we can help you devise a safety plan and give you information about what other services are available

Dont communicate with the stalker or respond to attempted contacts

Keep evidence of the stalking. Write down time, date and place of when you are being followed and any contact the stalker makes. Keep all text, voice messages, letters, notes and emails. Photograph anything of yours the stalker has damaged or injuries the stalker causes. 

Contact the police

Consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you

Tell family, friends, roommates and co-workers about the stalking and seek their support

Additional Resources:

Vermont Statute on Stalkinghttp://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullsection.cfm?Title=13&Chapter=019&Section=01061

Vermont Statute on Aggravated Stalkinghttp://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullsection.cfm?Title=13&Chapter=019&Section=01063

Stalking Resource Center

The mission of the Stalking Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking. The Stalking Resource Center envisions a future in which the criminal justice system and its many allied community partners will have the best tools to effectively collaborate and respond to stalking, improve victim safety and well-being, and hold offenders accountable

*Click on this link for more information: http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center/stalking-information

National Insitute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels

*Click on this link for more information: http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/stalking/Pages/welcome.aspx