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