January Is National Stalking Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking can be a form of domestic violence.
Stalkers have many motivations including hatred, obsession, and a desire for intimacy.
Most people have dated or been involved with the people they stalk.
Two thirds of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week.
Some stalking behaviors include making unwanted phone calls, sending unsolicited letters or emails, following or spying on the victim, showing up at places with no legitimate reason, waiting at places for the victim, leaving unwanted gifts, and/or passing information or spreading rumors on the internet or in person.
If you or someone you know is being stalked, here are some tips from the Stalking Resource Center:
• Trust your instincts. Victims of stalking often feel pressured by friends or family to downplay the stalker’s behavior, but your safety is paramount.
• Call the police if you feel that you are in immediate danger.
• Keep a record of each contact with your stalker, and be sure to document any police reports.
• Stalkers often use technology to contact their victims. Save all communication that exhibits the stalking behavior.
• Have a safety plan ready.
If you or someone you know is being stalked, please call your local Pee Dee Coalition Crisis Center or the 24-hour crisis line 800-273-1820.

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