Stalking is a repeated pattern or course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a person to feel fear.
Stalking may happen in the context of a relationship or could be perpetrated by someone the victim or survivor does not know. Incidents can occur on a regular basis (every day/week/month) or infrequently. Regardless, if the action(s) make you feel unsafe, it could be stalking.
Examples of Stalking may include:
- Following someone
- Watching from afar
- Continuous phone calls or texts
- Delivering unwanted items or gifts to a person’s residence, work site, etc.
- Using other people to make contact
- Cyberstalking; social media, e-mail, etc.
Cyberstalking is using the Internet, email, social media or other electronic communications to harass someone. Examples of cyberstalking include:
- Sending unwanted, frightening, or obscene emails, text messages, or messages on other forms of social media, such as Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.
- Harassing or threatening someone in a chat room
- Posting improper messages on a message board
- Tracking your computer and Internet use
- Sending electronic viruses
- Pretending to be you in a chat room
If you believe you are being stalked, please view our What to do if… page.