January 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the first National Stalking Awareness Month. During that time, laws have been strengthened, tens of thousands of professionals trained on responding to stalking, and services for victims of stalking have been expanded. Yet, each year, 6.6 million adults are stalked in the United States, so we still have more to do.
While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
- 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
- The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know. 66% of female victims and 41% of male victims of stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner
- 2/3 of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method.
- 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach.
- Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.
- Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.
- Intimate partner stalkers frequently approach their targets, and their behaviors escalate quickly.
More information and resources are available from The Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women. The mission of the Stalking Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking.
Services available for victims of stalking
In Morgan, Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties, these organizations provide services to victims of stalking through a Rural Violence Against Women Act Grant.
PO Box 440, Fort Morgan, CO 80701
24-Hour Crisis Line and Office Telephone 970-867-4444
Toll Free 1-877-867-9590
Help for Abused Partners
PO Box 1286, Sterling Colorado 80751
24-Hour Crisis Line and Office Telephone 1-970-522-2307