Stalking is a repeated and unwanted conduct engaged in by an individual that causes another to reasonably fear for his or her safety. Stalking often occurs in the context of both Relationship Violence and Sexual Violence. Stalking often begins with phone calls, emails, social networking posts and/or letters and can sometimes escalate to violence. Cyberstalking is the use of the internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass.
What is stalking?
Examples of stalking behaviors include, but are not limited to:
Following or persistent unwanted waiting outside of classes or residence
Repeated unwanted phone calls
Sending unwanted letters, gifts, emails, texts, or posts
Threatening, manipulative, and/or controlling behaviors such as threats to harm oneself or others
Tracking computer, internet, and phone use
This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-WA-AX-0017 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S., DOJ.
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