Stalking Awareness: Resources & Ways to help

 

The Covid-19 world exposes individuals and families experiencing domestic violence and abuse or those at risk to more danger – even if they are not in physical proximity to their abuser. Incidents of technology abuse, online harassment, cyberstalking have spiked since early 2020; evident from the increase in sales of spy and stalker ware, among other indicators.

If you know someone at risk or may be going through the traumatic experience of domestic or interpersonal violence or any form of partner abuse, you may also be knowing someone who is at risk for stalking. A majority of stalking victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner, or acquaintance and are three times more likely to be or have been a victim of violence or abuse (Factsheet, SPARC).

JANUARY IS NATIONAL STALKING AWARENESS MONTH! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get shareable infographics and increase awareness.


 If you or a loved one is being stalked:

  • If you are in immediate danger, call your local police department’s emergency number (911). If your local police department employs a victim advocate, they may be able to help you develop a safety plan. (Source: Office for Victims of Crime)
  • Trust your instincts. Identify a pattern of behavior. 
  • Get more information on stalking and types of stalking from some of the many resources listed below (compiled from various sources). 

If you do not know how to reach your local service provider, or for additional assistance:

Domestic violence and/or sexual assault service providers can be great resources to contact about stalking even if they do not provide direct services related to stalking

 

  • Make a physical safety plan. Many domestic violence organizations have practical tips and resources on making one, like the NNEDV and thehotline.org

 

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Having a Tech Safety Plan is important, especially in the digital world! (sourced from the NNEDV):

  • Identify technology-based stalking or abuse
  • Change passwords regularly and often
  • Limit information about yourself online
  • Use a profile picture that isn’t your face
  • Make usernames that don’t include your name / birthday
  • Delete your history / cookies / saved passwords regularly 
  • Use an anti-virus software
  • check your privacy settings on social media sites.

Resources on Stalking Awareness and Ways to Help Stalking Victims:

Organization Phone Number Website/ Social Media
Stalking Prevention, Awareness and Resource Center (SPARC) (202) 558-0040 Website

Instagram

The Safety Net Project; National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)   Website
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) 1-202 467 8700 Stalking Resource Center

Email

National Domestic Violence Hotline  1-800-799-7233 Website

Chat

National Sexual Assault Hotline/ National Street Harassment Hotline (RAINN) 1-800-656-4673 Chat
National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888 Text
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474 Chat
VictimConnect Hotline 1-855-484-2846 Chat
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative  844-878-CCRI (2274) N/A