What is stalking?

Stalking refers a unwanted repetitive harassing or threatening action from a person or a group (the stalker) against any other person (the victim).
Virtually any unwanted contact between two people that intends to directly or indirectly communicate a threat or that places the victim in fear can be considered stalking.

Who can be a stalker?

Anyone can be a stalker, just as anyone can be a stalking victim but the most stalkers are male, young to middle-aged with above-average intelligence.
It is not possible to classify a stalker to a single psychological or behavioural profile. Every stalker is different.
The most prevalent type of stalking case involves some previous personal or romantic relationship between the stalker and the victim. For instance the stalker and the stalking victim were married, ex-girlfriends, ex-boyfriends or a one-time date.

Stalking can touch anyone, regardless of:



  sexual orientation

  socioeconomic status

  geographic location

      personal associations


Stalker behaviour - Frequent unwanted contact such as:

  Appearing at the victim's home and workplace

  Telephone calls

  Text messages





  Contact on social networking (e.g. Facebook)

  Driving past the victim's home or workplace


  Sending letters or unwanted gifts

  Damaging significant property belonging to the victim

  Burglary or robbery of the victim's home, workplace, car

  Accumulate information on the victim by contacting people who know the victim (friends, colleagues)

  Harassment of others close to the victim

  Threats to harm or kill (includes sexual threats) the victim

  Physical and/or sexual assault of victims

When threats and intimidation fail, some stalkers turn to violence!

What to do if you believe you are being stalked?



  •   accumulate evidences

  •   keep: emails, letters, messages, notes, text messages

  •   record anything: Record with mobile phones, record calls, record with the camera.

  •   make notes in a diary with all dates and times

  •   speak to all people around you and tell them what happening (family, friends, colleagues, neighbours)

  •   take it seriously if the stalker is making threats
  •   if you are very frightened contact your local police


  •   think that you are being paranoid. Follow your instinct if you believe you are being stalked

  •   allow the stalker to shrink your world down.
  •  allow the stalker to isolate you from your friends/family/colleagues


Legal status: Stalking is a crime - Stalking is not a disorder!

Every stalking victim should immediately seek the advice of local victim specialists.


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