Stalking is defined as the willful and repeated following, watching, and/or harassing of another person, sometimes done out of obsession or derangement. In most cases, the purpose of stalking is to force a relationship with an unwilling or unavailable target. The act of stalking is a continuous process, consisting of numerous incidents. Stalking is a form of mental assault, in which the perpetrator repeatedly, unwantedly, and disruptively breaks into the life-world of the victim, with whom they have no relationship (or no longer have). For the most part, the separate acts that make up the intrusion cannot by themselves cause the mental abuse, but taken together they do, as there is a cumulative effect. Contrary to other crimes that usually consist of a single act, stalking consists of a series of actions, which in themselves can be legal, such as calling on the phone or sending emails. Most stalking cases do not rise to extreme levels of violence or harassment.
AWARE Stalking Resources
Prevention information including quizzes, tips, safety tools, and techniques.
Feel Safe Again
General information and resources site maintained by the family of a stalking victim.
National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA)
Support for victims of crime. Includes contact details and related links.
Need to know about Criminal Harassment or Stalking?
Legal information on stalking from the Ontario Women's Justice Network. Includes organization profile, legal information, issues, archives, and resources.
Obsessive Ex Syndrome
Information, and true-life stories, on "rejected" stalkers.
Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service
Assists high risk stalking victims in England and Wales. Independent caseworkers ensure high risk victims are supported. UK.
Prevalence and Health Consequences of Stalking
Article on effects from the Center For Disease Control.
Protection Against Stalking
Increasing awareness of stalking and harassment to ensure victims receive all the protection and help they need to rebuild their lives and live free of fear. UK based.
Stalk Victims Information Service
Myths about the problem, and resources.
Stalking and Domestic Violence
Behaviors and patterns, and self-defense information.
Stalking Resource Center
A program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Consists of a peer-to-peer exchange program, training, an information clearinghouse, a practitioners' network.
United States Department of Justice: About Stalking
General information, resources, and publications.
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