Victims may initially feel flattered by increased attention, but if stalking behavior escalates it can become threatening. Dating and domestic violence survivors can be victims of stalking. Roughly one-third of the states have incorporated into their stalking statutes language relating to stalking through electronic means.Often, stalkers use threats that only the victim recognizes. Stalkers can be strangers, classmates, co-workers, ex-boyfriends and girlfriends, and even spouses.. Stalking is a crime under laws in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U. Based on the facts of the case, a stalker might also be charged with other crimes (e.g. Legal definitions of stalking vary by jurisdiction, but 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.Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.Talking to someone who is trained to work with victims and survivors may help These are steps that may help minimize the stalker’s contact with you, but are not meant to take the place of police involvement.trespassing, breaking and entering, or harassment). In Virginia, victims are also able to file a civil law suit against stalkers.
Victims may experience harassment in the form of Below is a list of some of the technologies used by stalkers.
For more details on types of technologies used in stalking, and the ways they are used, please visit The Stalking Resource Center or the National Network to End Domestic Violence Technology Safety websites.
Many people take technology-based stalking lightly. Often, this behavior is seen as less threatening than stalking IRL (in real life).
However, as our interactions (personal, professional, and academic) increasingly rely on technology, technology-based stalking continually impacts the daily lives of victims everywhere.
Stalkers are increasingly abusing a variety of technologies to monitor, harass, intimidate, coerce and frighten former or current intimate partners.
Perpetrators are also abusing technology to stalk victims before, during, and after sexual violence.