Stalking generally refers to a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity; nonconsensual communication; verbal, written, or implied threats; or a combination of these actions that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Like domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control. Stalking between intimate partners is widespread and often associated with lethal abuse. Victims of stalking may experience anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression at a higher prevalence than the general population.
Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal Government. Each year, January is recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public about the serious—and at times deadly—crime of stalking.
The following resources are provided to help increase public awareness of the dangers of stalking.