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Stalking is defined as a series of actions that makes victims feel afraid or in danger. It may include behaviors that by themselves may not be criminal, such as making phone calls, sending letters or gifts, and showing up at public places.

The constant stress in stalking situations is real and harmful, exacting a terrible toll on victims. Acts that appear meaningless or non-threatening to many people may be terrifying to victims. Context is critical to understanding stalking.

Abusers stalk for many reasons: to track, monitor, gather information, harass, and intimidate; and to attempt to maintain or regain control over the victim. These offenders will frequently use any means available, including a wide variety of technologies.

During National Stalking Awareness Month (January), access the Stalking Special Feature for information and resources about what is being done to prevent stalking, improve justice system response, and enhance services for victims.

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