Department of Family Services - Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building, Floor 7, Suite 740
Fairfax, VA 22035

Toni Zollicoffer,

January is Stalking Awareness Month

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Stalking is repeated and unwanted contact that makes you feel afraid or harassed.  It can be serious, often violent, can escalate over time and is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.   

A stalker might be someone you were close with or someone you don’t know very well.  The majority of stalkers are current or former intimate partners.  

Stalking can take a variety of forms including: 

  • Calling, texting or leaving voicemails even after you’ve asked them to stop
  • Constantly checking in on you at home, work or school
  • Accessing your email or social media accounts without your permission or knowledge
  • Vandalizing your car or other property
  • Monitoring your location or travel through your phone, an app, GPS or smart home device
  • Showing up where you are, even when you haven’t shared your location with them
  • Asking friends, family or co-workers for information about you or to tell you information about them

There is no one right or wrong way to feel if you are being stalked. Many people feel: 

  • Afraid of what will happen next 
  • Confused about who to trust 
  • Anxious, depressed or hopeless 
  • Overwhelmed with thoughts about the stalking or nightmares  
  • Stressed from dealing with the stalking behaviors 

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Contact Colleen Armstrong for Stalking Awareness Month materials and resources.

Fairfax Virtual Assistant