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What is stalking?

According to the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice, staling is “a series of action that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is serious, often violent, and escalate over time.” Loveirespect.org describes stalking as “when a person repeatedly watches, follows or harasses you, making you feel afraid or unsafe. A stalker can be someone you know, a past boyfriend or girlfriend or a stranger.”

To learn more information about stalking, visit the Stalking Resource Center or the Stalking Awareness website.

Want to learn what exactly constitutes on stalking and what you should do if you’re being stalked? Check out this fact sheet and brochure.

You can also watch the video Stalking: Real Fear, Real Crime.

After learning more about stalking, put your knowledge to the test with this quiz.

 

Resources

If you need immediate assistance, the Victim Connect Helpline provides information and referrals for victims of all crime and can be reached at 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846).

If you or your family is in immediate danger, call 911.

If you are in a situation where calling is not an option, text a family member or friend and have them call 911 for you. 

Here is some information to help you come up with a safety plan if you or someone you know is being stalked.

Know your state stalking laws:

Address Confidentiality Programs

Library Resources

Print Books

Both libraries have multiple books on the subject of stalking. These books can be found around call number HV 6561. The librarians understand that you may want privacy when looking for these books or checking them out. Please feel free to take these books home without checking them out. However, we ask that you please bring them back when you are finished using them.

Bates, Lyn. Safety for Stalking Victims: How to Save Your Privacy, Your Sanity, and Your Life. Lincoln, Nebraska: iUniverse, 2001. Print.

  • Call number: HV6561 .B84 2001
  • Location: Culinary

Boyer, David. Cyber Stalker: A Victim’s Story. Middletown, DE: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Print.

  • Call number: HV6561 .B94 2012
  • Location: Culinary

Proctor, Mike. Antidote for a Stalker: Our Newest Guide Designed to Generate a Better Understanding of the Ever Evolving Menace of Stalking. North Charleston, South Carolina: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Print.

  • Call number: HV6561 .P676 2013
  • Location: Culinary, Vet

ebooks

You can also access an ebooks on stalking here.

Videos

Films on Demand has multiple videos on stalking. See the list below for a few that you may find helpful.

Cyber Stalking and Abductions (04:24)—2008
Teens must be aware that flirting with strangers online can be dangerous. Cyber stalking and real-life abductions can result from sharing too much information with online strangers. Never physically meet any online acquaintances.

Emotional Effects of Stalking (02:07)—1997
A group of people who have all been victims of stalking work to propose more effective anti-stalking legislation in Virginia. A stalking victim describes the emotional effects she experiences as a result of relentless stalking by her ex-husband.

Investigative Reports: Stalkers—Assassins Among Us (46:12)—1997
This documentary explores the growing crime phenomenon of stalking and stalkers. This episode, narrated by Investigative Reports host and producer Bill Kurtis, uses law enforcement evidence and statistics to document this new form of crime. New stalking prevention laws are explained, and questions are asked if these laws are really preventing the crimes from continuing. Law enforcement officials who have worked on stalking cases are interviewed, along with an exclusive interview with former O. J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark. Clark talks at length about the case of Robert Bardo who stalked and killed actress Rebecca Schaeffer. There also is an interview with Bardo, from prison, in which he talks about his crime. Distributed by A&E Television Networks.

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