- repeated and unwanted contact that makes you feel afraid or harassed.
- serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.
- pervasive. 81% of women who were stalked by a current or former husband or cohabitating partner were physically assaulted by that partner; 31% of women were sexually assaulted.
- a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- a crime that happens across all ages and genders, though people aged 18 to 24 have the highest rate of stalking victimization.
- a crime with financial repercussions. 1 in 8 stalking victims has reported losing work because of the stalking. More than half of these victims reported losing five or more work days.
Stalking can look like:
- calling, texting or leaving voicemails even after you’ve asked them to stop.
- constantly checking in on you at home, work, or school.
- vandalizing your car or other property.
- controlling your phone, internet or social media.
- 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.
Have questions or need help?
- Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273
- Domestic Violence Action Center 703-246-4573
- Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Main Office 703-324-5730
- If the threat is immediate, call 911.