If you think that you or someone you know is being stalked, we encourage you to follow the “STEPS” action plan created by stalking experts to engage in active and ongoing safety planning:
Threat Assessment- Do not minimize or downplay the level of risk involved with stalking behavior. Stalking can be a “red flag” for increased violence, psychological harm, or life sabotage. Risk can be increased if the stalker has a mental health issue or illness. Risk also increases if the stalker’s behavior involves firearms or other dangerous weapons. Plan ahead for your safety by thinking about the specific threats you may face and vulnerabilities you may have. Think ahead about what you can do in specific situations, particularly if the stalker shows up unexpectedly so that you can be prepared. Practice things you might say or do to avoid or escape a dangerous situation. Ask people you trust to watch out for you and help you stay safe.
Evidence Collection- Document the stalking behaviors and preserve evidence. If law enforcement or the courts were to ever get involved, documenting the stalking can help highlight the pattern of behavior, and show that the behavior is deliberate and intentional. Whether or not you choose to petition for a Stalking Protection Order, documenting the stalking behavior is strongly recommended.
Protection- People who are being stalked must be active and ongoing in their safety planning, which can sometimes mean making changes in lifestyle, daily routines or living situations. It is important to be clear with the stalker that the harassment and stalking is unwanted. Document how the stalker was notified that their contact is not wanted and should stop. Law enforcement may be able to help communicate this request, or a stalking protection order may be a helpful protective measure. Then avoid contact with the stalker as much as possible.
Support- It is really important to seek support. Telling trusted others like friends, family, teachers, employers, and neighbors what is happening can provide emotional support and help with thinking through safety measures. Consider notifying law enforcement to see what kind of support and assistance they can offer.
Community & State Resources
Victim Connect Helpline 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846)
Stalking Resource Center
A Program of the National Center for Victims of Crime that promotes awarenees, action and advocacy to enhance victim safety and hold stalking offenders accountable. Comprehensive information available.
A website created by TK Logan which contains numerous resources for stalking victims.
A non-profit that helps victims and professionals take action and find effective strategies to address stalking and partner violence.
Stalking Victims Sanctuary
Helpful information and resources for stalking victims.
Resources For Digital & Online Abuse
Technology Safety from National Network to End Domestic Violence
Comprehensive resources and information on the use of technology for agencies and survivors of stalking, trafficking, domestic and sexual violence. Includes toolkits and an App Safety Center
Comprehensive resources and information on how stalkers use technology and what to do about it
Crash Override Network
A crisis helpline, advocacy group and resource center for people who are experiencing online abuse
Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP)
A research-based online tool to help assess the “big picture” of a stalking situation, to educate about risks and offer safety suggestions. Created by TK Logan, Ph.D. Robert Walker, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., and Jeb Messer, B.A. (9/11/13).
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