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.
MINCAVA Electronic Clearinghouse
Thousands of articles and resources on all types of violence and abuse, including stalking and sex crimes.
National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA)
Support for victims of crime. Includes contact details and related links.
Obsessive Ex Syndrome
Information, and true-life stories, on "rejected" stalkers.
Prevalence and Health Consequences of Stalking
Article on effects from the Center For Disease Control.
Stalk Victims Information Service
Myths about the problem, and resources.
Stalking and Domestic Violence
Behaviors and patterns, and self-defense information.
United States Department of Justice: About Stalking
General information, resources, and publications.
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