Stalking, or criminal harassment, is an intentional and repeated invasion of a person’s physical or emotional space. This invasion results in a sense of chronic fear, violation, and a loss of personal privacy. Stalkers can be strangers, relatives, acquaintances, or current and ex-partners.
Examples of stalking include:
- Spying on someone or following them around.
- Constant phone calls/emails.
- Contacting friends and family.
- Showing up at someone’s workplace or waiting outside of their home.
- Leaving unwanted gifts.
- Threatening and intimidating by damaging property and hurting pets.
If the stalker persists, victims may take desperate measures to feel safe, such as changing their phone number, filing a restraining order, or in some extreme cases, moving to a new place.