STALKING IS THE DELIBERATE PATTERN OF THREATENING CONDUCT THAT CAUSES THE VICTIM TO FEEL AFRAID. This is a common issue in our clinic so we have helpful answers.
Common forms of Stalking
The most common forms of stalking include:
- Repeatedly following of someone to work/home/school/etc.
- Repeatedly calling someone at home or work
- Sending the victim unwanted gifts/emails/texts
- Stealing the victim's mail
- Posting harassing information on the victims' social media or blog
- Threats towards the safety of the victim/victim’s family/victim’s pet/etc.
What to do about Stalking
CALL 911 If you feel threatened, call 911 immediately. While stalkers do not commonly use physical violence, it is not uncommon in extreme situations. Even if you do not believe a stalker imposes an immediate risk to your safety, stalkers should be reported to the police.
Restraining Order: A restraining order should be obtained against the individual stalking you. Restraining orders are free to obtain and set a minimum distance in which the stalker must stay away from you. If the stalker breaks this restraining order, they will be liable for further criminal and civil charges.
Document Each Incident - Immediately - Accurately: In order to create a solid case against someone who may be stalking you, documentation and witnesses are important. Track each contact you have with this person and list the encounter in a. log. If you live with a roommate or family member, it can be beneﬁcial to tell them about a potential stalker. If a stalking victim needs someone to talk to, there are both national and local hotlines that specialize in listening and helping the victims of stalking. LA County Domestic Violence Safety Plan Hotline at 800.978.3600.
These resources are available in the link below entitled "Stalking Information from Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office."