January is National Stalking Awareness Month
JANUARY IS NATIONAL STALKING AWARENESS MONTH
Millions of people each year are victims of stalking, a crime that reflects “a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause them to feel fear”. Today, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men experience stalking in their lifetime, and nearly 7 in 10 victims report knowing their stalker.
Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person to instill torment, fear, control, and uncertainty. Behaviors include unwanted contact, leaving unwanted items, and lurking or appearing at places without invitation or a legitimate purpose.
It’s not uncommon for a domestic violence survivor, leaving an abusive relationship, to experience stalking by their abuser. Abusers who use stalking to terrorize and threaten create substantial emotional distress for their victims and family members.
Our Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline fields calls from stalking victims on a daily basis. Our domestic violence advocates are available by phone 24 hours a day to answer questions, discuss options, and provide support including crisis intervention and safety planning for victims of stalking. Advocates are available to individuals being affected as well as their friends and family, service providers, and the general community.
If you or someone you know is a victim of stalking, please contact our crisis hotline at 402.558.5700.