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January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Learn more about stalking, how to recognize it, and what to do if you or someone you know is a victim.

What is Stalking?

Stalking describes specific repeated harassing or threatening behavior toward another person.

Many believe that stalking only happens to celebrities or between strangers, but stalking is a crime that can happen to anyone, and victims often know their stalkers are as a partner, an ex-partner, a family member, co-worker, or an acquaintance. Anyone can become a victim of stalking regardless of age, gender, or other differences.

About Stalking

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An estimated 3.4 million people become stalking victims in the United States each year. Every state has laws against stalking. Although laws vary by state, stalking is generally considered to be any unwanted contact between a stalker and his/her victim which directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear.

If you feel afraid for your life and that you have no privacy or no place to turn, you can find help in your community.

Are You Being Stalked?

You may be if someone is:

  • Repeatedly following or spying on you
  • Repeatedly calling your home and/or work
  • Repeatedly sending unwanted e-mails, letters, faxes
  • Leaving unwanted gifts or items for you to find
  • Vandalizing or damaging your property
  • Threatening you or someone close to you
  • Repeatedly showing up for no legitimate purpose at places where you are

Help for Victims of Stalking

Being a victim of stalking is terrifying, and stalking can interrupt your life at home, at work, and at school, and affect your relationships with your friends, family, and coworkers.

If you live in New York City, Safe Horizon can provide in-person support to help you deal with stalking through our Community Program offices, where our staff can help you get information, find referrals, and connect to other services.

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