Stalking

What is Stalking?

Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Here are a few examples of common stalking incidents:

  • Show up at home or work uninvited
  • Send you unwanted messages
  • Leave unwanted gifts
  • Constantly call you and hang up

What to do if you are being stalked?

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911 or the UNTHSC Police Department (817-735-2600).
  • Obtain a protection order that prevents the stalker from coming near you.
  • Save evidence such as: text messages, videos, social media messages, e-mail, etc.

The Prevalence of Stalking

  • 3.4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked each year in the United States.
  • 3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
  • 30% of stalking victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.

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This page was last modified on October 1, 2017