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UVM Women's Center

Stalking

Stalking is a series of behaviors or actions occurring more than once that instill fear in the victim, threaten victim safety, and/or cause emotional stress to the victim.

Such behaviors may include (but are not limited to):

  • Threatening e-mail, mail, telephone calls or internet messaging
  • Sitting outside the victim's home, class or workplace
  • Observing, following or "coincidentally" showing up where the victim is located
  • Leaving unwanted notes or flowers
  • Information gathering
  • Persistent unwanted physical approach and/or requests for dates, meetings, etc.

Stalking does not have to do with someone liking a person a lot, but with someone wanting to gain control and possession of another person.

In the beginning, stalking may take the form of annoying, threatening, or obscene telephone calls, emails or letters. The calls may start with one or two a day but can quickly increase in frequency.

Stalking can happen to anyone and may also include family members, friends, or co-workers. Stalkers may target casual acquaintances or random victims, and can stalk their victims for days, weeks, or even years.

If you or someone you know feels threatened by unwanted pursuit in any way, be in touch with the Campus Victim's Advocate (656-7892 or advocate@uvm.edu). She can help you determine if what you are experiencing is stalking and give you some options to consider about how to proceed and ways to protect yourself.

Last modified August 22 2013 03:41 PM