Stalking

Stalking is defined as "any pattern of behavior directed toward a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear." These behaviors can be anything from sending letters or gifts, making phone calls or text messages, and showing up in public places. These behaviors may not seem threatening at first, but when paired with the obsession and persistence usually seen with cases of stalking, it can be a frightening threat to the victim.

Signs You May Be a Victim of Stalking/Things a Stalker Could Do:

  • Repeatedly call you, including hang-ups.
  • Follow you and show up wherever you are.
  • Send unwanted gifts, letters, texts, or e-mails.
  • Damage your home, car, or other property.
  • Monitor your phone calls or computer use.
  • Use technology, like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS), to track where you go.
  • Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or work.
  • Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets.
  • Find out about you by using public records or on-line search services, hiring investigators, going through your garbage, or contacting friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers.
  • Other actions that control, track, or frighten you.

You Could:

  • Feel fear of what the person might do.
  • Feel vulnerable, unsafe, and not know who to trust.
  • Feel anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge.
  • Feel depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed, tearful, or angry.
  • Feel stressed, including having trouble concentrating, sleeping, or remembering things.
  • Have eating problems, such as appetite loss, forgetting to eat, or overeating.
  • Have flashbacks, disturbing thoughts, feelings, or memories.
  • Feel confused, frustrated, or isolated because other people don’t understand why you are afraid.

If you or someone you know may be the victim of stalking please don't to hesitate to pursue the crime. For assistance in obtaining a stalking injunction or protective order please contact our Victim Advocates at (435) 867-9411.

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